JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The popular name for certain yellowish or brownish yellow patches variously
located in the skin has long been liver spots. Old school physicians have,
as a rule, agreed with their patients as regards the designation of liver
spots, though the newer school of physicians have been very much inclined
to doubt the possibility of any connection between the liver and these localized
pigmentations, and some have even deemed such connection entirely out of the
question. In recent years much has been learned of their true character. When
limited to the eyelids the patches of chamois or wash-leather appearance so
familiar to the practitioner, have been called xanthelasmata. Other yellowish
patches variously distributed over the body usually associated with some increase
of the fibrous tissue of the corium, with some fatty degeneration of the overgrowth,
and therefore deserving to have a hint of their tumorous character in their
name, have been called xanthomata.
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