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Favus

Date: 1910 | Identifier: LL02.49.00.35
Dermatologic stereoview card. Front of card depicts skin of the scalp with a colony of Favus on it. The reverse of the card describes the dermatologic conditions as well as the diagnosis and treatment. Favus is a contagious disease caused by fungus, the achorion Schonleinii, which grows upon the skin in almost pure cultures and forms peculiar pin head to pea sized, cup shaped colonies call scutula or sometimes larger, irregular, grayish yellow masses of dry, friable, mortar like material. Much of the hair in an affected area would break and fall off. There is a pronounced odor that recalls the scent of mice or of stale, musty straw. Patients were taught to remove all crusts with soap and water then rub an ointment consisting of iodine and goose grease on the areas. Favus of the skin may also be known as Tinea favosa or Porrigo favosa. more...
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