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August 16, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720070088031

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To the Editor:  —A recent observation, in connection with the article appearing in The Journal, June 28, on what positions the body assumes during sleep, may be of interest. One night last week a white man, aged 25, was brought to the Cook County Hospital because of extensive sunburn. The patient had completely disrobed in a secluded spot to take his first sun bath of the season. He fell asleep and thus remained for about two hours. When brought to the hospital that night he had a temperature of 101.6 F. The skin was diffusely and uniformly reddened, no one place more than another. The dorsal and ventral surfaces of the torso, and the flexor and extensor surfaces of the extremities, were all of the same scarlet flush. Of interest was the flexion-crease erythema similar to Pastia's lines in scarlatina. The inference was that, to obtain such a diffuse, uniform

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