Medicine: Jungle Rot

"Jungle rot," "New Guinea crud" or "the creeping crud" are U.S. servicemen's names for any & every kind of tropical skin disease. Doctors often find the nicknames convenient, since diagnosis is not always easy and many varieties respond to standard treatment: cleaning, painting with silver nitrate and other chemicals, dressing with sal-sulfur ointment, avoidance of sweating, return to the temperate zone. The various kinds of jungle rot were described by Lieut. Commander Robert R. M. McLaughlin in the Naval Medical Bulletin last week. Some of them:

¶ Aggravated athlete's foot. This may extend wherever the shoe touches.

¶ Fungus infections of...

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