The bacterial flora of axillary hairs from persons with and without trichomycosis axillaris has been examined. Affected hairs bore a larger number of diphtheroid species than control hairs and a higher proportion of isolates from trichomycosis were found to belong to Evans' group D.

We are indebted to Dr R. H. Seville, Consultant Dermatologist in Lancaster, and to Dr R. C. Cunningham and his staff at the Royal Albert Hospital in Lancaster for assistance and for permission to examine the patients under their care. We are equally indebted to Dr H. E. Robson and the staff and students of the College of Education, Loughborough, for providing facilities essential for these studies. One of us (D. A. S.) was supported by a grant from the Medical Research Council.


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