Toxicology: The 18-Hole ltch

The 51-year-old automobile-repair instructor had a flaming eczemalike eruption on his hands and arms, neck, face and legs. He told the University of Pennsylvania's Dermatologist Walter B. Shelley that he had first had it in 1959,soon after he took up golf. For the next two years it got bad in summer, better in winter. But after the 1962 season began, it stayed bad. He had noticed, the patient said, that it became "explosively worse" after he walked past workers spraying the greens. That was the doctor's clue.

The patient was given a cortisone-type drug and...

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