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To the Editor.—
I read with great interest the article entitled "Diminished Immune Response in Sun-Damaged Skin" by O'Dell et al in the May Archives (1980;116:559-561).Seventeen years ago, I did a similar study with my colleague the late Dr F. Ofner, which I presented at the annual meeting of the Dermatological Association of Australia in Melbourne in 1964. This work was published in the Australian Journal of Dermatology (1964;7:203-205) under the title "Contact Eczematous Sensitisation and Sensitivity of the Solar Elastotic Skin." Our experiments were carried out on 75 male volunteers. We also came to the conclusion that the solar elastotic skin seemed to be less responsive when tested for eczematous sensitivity. We also found, however, that the elastotic change increased the resistance to irritants.Letters will be published as space permits and at the discretion of the editor. All components of letters, including references, must be typewritten, double-spaced.