Ringworm and Its Successful Treatment John P. Turner

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Ringworm and Its Successful Treatment by John P. Turner
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CONTENTS.I. THE HISTORY OF RINGWORM 15II. THE PATHOLOGY OF RINGWORM 18III. THE DIAGNOSIS OF RINGWORM 24IV. THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF RINGWORM 40V. How RINGWORM is SPREAD 52VI. THE TREATMENT OF RINGWORM 54---INTRODUCTION.IT gives me pleasure toMoreCONTENTS.I. THE HISTORY OF RINGWORM 15II. THE PATHOLOGY OF RINGWORM 18III. THE DIAGNOSIS OF RINGWORM 24IV. THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF RINGWORM 40V.

How RINGWORM is SPREAD 52VI. THE TREATMENT OF RINGWORM 54---INTRODUCTION.IT gives me pleasure to state that the treatment of ringworm of the scalp devised by Dr. John P. Turner has proven remarkably efficacious in his hands. In the year 1913 the Reynolds Public School, Philadelphia, with a population of six hundred children was badly infested with ringworm. About eighty cases were discovered, of which at least one-half were ringworm of the scalp.

In view of the obstinate nature of the latter affection, the proper conduct of the school was a serious problem. Dr. Turner consented to undertake the treatment of these cases in connection with his work as school medical inspector and effected a complete cure—a remarkable achievement deserving of medical notice.FOREWORD.THE author offers this treatise because of the prevalence of ringworm, and because of the success obtained with thousands of cases that have come under his care. For over one hundred years this disease has been studied and various treatments advocated. Wherever numbers of school children are found, ringworm is most apt to be present.

A neglected case in a classroom is liable to spread until many cases are found in the school building. The personal appearance of the child is interfered with by the presence of this malady, and in addition there is the discomfort it causes by itching and scaling. The treatmentused by the writer is simple, easy of application and inexpensive.

Any parent or guardian can apply it. Many cases of ringworm, especially of the scalp, are obstinate to most treatments. Usually ringworm is neglected. In order to obtain results, daily treatments must be systematically given.

Many children have ringworm of the scalp, and the parents are unaware of its presence until it has developed sufficiently to be very obstinate to ordinary treatment. As soon as the smallest patch or ring is noticed, if instructions given in the Chapter on Treatment are followed, a speedy cure may be expected.

In chronic and severe cases, the rapidity with which results are obtained is most remarkable.The treatment to be described has been used by the author for nearly tenyears. When originated, he had under his care the pupils of a school where existed eighty severe cases of ringworm of the scalp and face. In order to check the rapidly spreading disease, immediate and drastic steps had to be taken. The result was the working out of what is to be given in the Chapter on Treatment. Before describing the remedies used, we shall discuss the history of ringworm, its diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and pathology.CHAPTER I.

THE HISTORY OF RINGWORM.THIS affection was first described by Willan, in 1817, and Plumbe, in 1821. At that time, however, it was not understood. It was confounded with alopecia, eczema, and seborrhea. Credit is given to Gruby, of Paris, in 1843, f° r discovery of a fungus in the broken off hairs of ringworm areas.

To this fungus he gave the name of Microsporon aitdouini. Unfortunately he called the disease Porrigo Decalvans. This term had already been used by Bateman in describing alopecia areata. As a result, for a long time there was a confusion between these two conditions. Later on Sabouraud (1894),



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