Medicine: Ringworm

Dr. Herman Goodman, 37, Manhattan skin specialist, had a heavy mail last week. He had supplied statistics on tinea to the May Archives of Dermatology & Syphilology, and the queries were coming in.

Tinea is the technical name for ringworm. It is caused by varieties of a fungus called Trichophyton which gets into the skin. Various trichophyta affect the scalp or beard (causing patchy baldness), the torso, arms and legs (where the infection usually takes the form of a ring), the fingers, toes and the interdigital...

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