Dr. George Henry Fox,1 in 1902, described a peculiarly localized papular eruption in the axilla which was extremely itchy and resisted all treatment. In the same article Dr. Fordyce reported the histologic findings in Dr. Fox's case, but at this time no attempt was made by either to classify the condition.
In a subsequent article2 before the thirty-second annual meeting of the American Dermatological Society in 1908, Dr. Fordyce called attention to the lack of weight given by the American dermatologists to a group of skin diseases classed by Dr. Brocq under the term "lichenification," reported more in detail, both clinically and histologically, an additional case, and tentatively classed it among those eruptions to which Brocq has given the name nevrodermite chronique circonscrite.
In reviewing this article, Dr. Colcott Fox,3 after complimenting the author on his work, says: "We think many will hesitate to pronounce the condition
HAASE M. A CHRONIC ITCHING PAPULAR ERUPTION OF THE AXILLA, PUBES AND BREAST. JAMA. 1911;LVI(3):174-177. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030010004