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March 23, 1946


Author Affiliations

Medical Corps, Army of the United States

From the Oliver General Hospital, Augusta, Ga.

JAMA. 1946;130(12):775-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870120021005

Never before in the history of dermatology have there been so many people affected with lichenoid lesions as there have been in the South Pacific Theater of War and other allied areas. Hundreds of individuals have been returned to the Zone of Interior with this cutaneous disorder and hundreds still remain there. Those who have seen the disease both in that area and in the United States are immediately struck with the fact that, though many of the lesions are typical of hypertrophic lichen planus, in many respects the disease is entirely different from any type heretofore described. Despite the doubts in the mind of some as to the common basis of the lesions, there is no question (fig. 1) that the distribution of many of these lesions are the same. They affect the mucous membranes in the same way and are associated with the same identical pruritus, but they

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