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March 1955

The Eczemas: A Symposium by Ten Authors.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):394. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110460022

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This book, a collection of 13 short chapters, is an outstanding contribution. Probably the most important part is the 24-page article by H. Storck, of Zurich, on the role of bacteria in eczema. There is much evidence that in many of the cases of exudative eczema Staphylococcus aureus on a hemolytic Streptococcus is multiplying on the skin, that the reaction to this infection is an allergic one of the delayed reaction type, and that these bacteria may be responsible, at least in part, for resistance to treatment or spreading of the dermatitis. The newer antibiotics are useful; vaccines may be useful but must be used with caution.

Pediatricians will be especially interested in the chapter on atopic dermatitis, by Sulzberger and Witten. Although the infantile form is not covered as fully as one could wish, for a short chapter it is illuminating.

The chapter on the general principles of treatment,

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