Excerpt from Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology, 1920, Vol. 1: Succeeding Vol. 38, 1919, the Journal of Cutaneous Diseases
Although the monumental work of Sabouraud and his followers has thrown a ﬂood of light on the whole subject Of ringworm in the past twenty - five years, this light has shone chieﬂy for the dermatologist and in some instances apparently rather dimly for him. The general practitioner still gropes in Cimmerian darkness; for him ringworm is still nothing more than bald, scaly patches on the scalps of children or scaly rings on the non-hairy surfaces; eczematoid ringworm and the deep inﬂammatory trichophytoses Of animal origin do not exist for him - they are a term incognita Whose borders he has not even seen, let alone entered on. It is only by the persistent reporting the less common forms Of the disease that we can hope to teach him that infec tion by the trichophyton and other nearly related fungi may produce cutaneous diseases with widely varying symptoms presenting none Of the clinical features commonly associated with ringworm, and that such infection occasionally produces severe inﬂammatory symptoms and even, in rare instance, destruction of tissue. It is partly for this reason, but more especially because they present some features of unusual interest to the dermatologist, that the two cases here described.
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