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Perspectives in Ringworm of the Scalp: Treatment Through the Ages

Perspectives in Ringworm of the Scalp: Treatment Through the Ages Abstract The development of an antibiotic substance with anti fungal properties—griseofulvin—which can be administered orally and which has a systemic action, marks a notable advance in the ability of dermatologists to combat superficial fungous diseases. Let us take a panoramic view of tinea tonsurans since it first showed its ugly head on the pages of recorded history. This scourge of children, which has defied conquest for 2 milleniums, has finally yielded to modern medical science. Ancient History of Ringworm of the Scalp According to Sabouraud,1 who studied the subject exhaustively, considerable confusion existed in ancient times concerning the exact nature of diseases of the scalp and of the bearded region. In the days before the development of scientific microbiology, it was not possible to precisely differentiate many diseases of the scalp. It is believed that Celsus (1st century) described favus in his encyclopedic De Re Medica, the first book on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Perspectives in Ringworm of the Scalp: Treatment Through the Ages

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 82 (6) – Dec 1, 1960

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1960 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1960.01580060005001
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Abstract

Abstract The development of an antibiotic substance with anti fungal properties—griseofulvin—which can be administered orally and which has a systemic action, marks a notable advance in the ability of dermatologists to combat superficial fungous diseases. Let us take a panoramic view of tinea tonsurans since it first showed its ugly head on the pages of recorded history. This scourge of children, which has defied conquest for 2 milleniums, has finally yielded to modern medical science. Ancient History of Ringworm of the Scalp According to Sabouraud,1 who studied the subject exhaustively, considerable confusion existed in ancient times concerning the exact nature of diseases of the scalp and of the bearded region. In the days before the development of scientific microbiology, it was not possible to precisely differentiate many diseases of the scalp. It is believed that Celsus (1st century) described favus in his encyclopedic De Re Medica, the first book on

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1960

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