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April 2, 1910


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JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550400001001f

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A case of pemphigus is rare enough to attract attention at any time, but a case of this degree of severity is so unusual as to merit reporting.

Patient.  —J. McC., aged 29, driver of an ice wagon, a blonde, weighing 325 pounds, was admitted to my ward in the Ellis Hospital, Oct. 14, 1909, with the following history.

History.  —His father died of tuberculosis at the age of 61. His mother, two sisters and a brother are alive and well. The patient had the usual diseases of childhood, pneumonia at 14, and gonorrhea at 22, of which latter he was "cured" in about six weeks. For the past two or three years he has had indefinite pains attributed to rheumatism. There is no evidence of syphilis. He is an excessive user of tobacco and at times drank heavily of both beer and whisky. For the past two

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