Medicine: Futile Fool Baths

The slosh of athletes' feet through prophylactic baths in U.S. clubs, schools, gymnasiums, swimming pools, and above all in Army camps, is not only "illogical and probably serves no useful purpose but is potentially harmful." This radical reversal of medical teaching comes from three expert dermatologists (Drs. Marion Sulzberger and Rudolf Baer of New York City's Montefiore Hospital and Dr. Rudolph Hecht of the University of Illinois). It is based on their observations of the last decade, as confirmed by 88 other U.S. skin specialists.

Athlete's foot, the three doctors write in the Archives...

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