Total number of the patients with burns for the last seven years (1968∼1974) was 649 cases, that account for 2.67% of the total out-patients of our clinic. The proportion of the cases of burns to total out-patients reached maximum in 1970, and then decreased gradually. The total number of the female cases was slightly more than the male, there found, however, no difference between both sexes in the last two years. The frequency of burns by age group showed two peaks at the male of 0∼5years old and the female in her twenties, and the number of male baby under one year old showed the most high frequency. Seasonal changes of the number of patients showed relative increasing in winter, especially from December to April. The burns caused by liquid of high temperature were most frequent in these patients and by flame or heated gas were the least. Boiling water stocked in the thermos bottle was the chief cause of burns of infants, particularly under five years old. The burnt area of the most cases remained less than 5% of the whole body surface, and hands, legs and forearms were most frequently suffered. The number of patients with the second grade burns amounted to three quaters of the whole patients: These facts showed the patients with burns in our clinic remained mostly in slight injuries.
A clinical research group was organized at 13 dermatological clinics in Japan in 1970, and the effects of L-DOPA on alopecia areata were discussed at five meetings. Improvement of the condition by this therapy was observed in 57.9% of the common type, in 33.3% of the totalis type and in 44.5% of the universalis type of alopecia areata. Gastrointestinal disorders, such as nausea and vomitting, were seen in 51 patients (31.6%), and other side effects of this therapy included headache (3 cases), skin eruption (2 cases) and palpitation (1 case). This therapy is clinically, theoretically and experimentally effective for alopecia areata, though a double-blind study is necessary for exact evaluation.