Definition. A condition resulting from the accidental inoculation of an abrasion, cut or open follicle of the skin with a virus from the cadaver and characterized by the development of an inflammatory lesions at the point of inoculation.
Symptoms. Following inoculation at the site of the abrasion or cut, there is rapid production of a vesicopapule, papulopustule, furuncle, tubercle, wart, or hemorrhagic bleb. These are often itchy, even painful and are surrounded by a bright, inflammatory areola. Suppuration usually goes on beneath the lesion. The lymphatic vessels and glands are often affected and there may even be symptoms of septicemia. Generally, the effect of these poisons is entirely or chiefly limited to the skin and the result is local and not serious. The condition usually falls within the prevision of a surgeon rather than a dermatologist. The history of the disease will usually distinguish it from pustular or ulcerative lesions of other diseases. Posmortem tubercles, so called, will be considered under the heading of tuberculosis verrucosa.
Treatment. The lesions should be curetted or cauterized, carefully washed with an antiseptic and a hot boric acid or weak mercuric chlorid dressing applied. The same class of remedies indicated for anthrax might be useful.