May 1998

On Standard Definitions of Individual Skin Lesions

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(5):636-637. doi:

In the September 1997 issue of the ARCHIVES, Lewis et al1 advocate a slight modification of a previously published effort at standard definitions of basic dermatologic lesions. They acknowledged the limitations of that and other previous attempts at classifying individual skin lesions. Lewis and colleagues specifically faulted the article "Glossary of Basic Dermatology Lesions: The International League of Dermatological Societies Committee on Nomenclature"2 in these words: "Some of its definitions were ambiguous and neither all-inclusive nor mutually exclusive, thus leaving some basic lesions without an identifying designation."1 We agree with their assessment but gently advise that that same criticism may be made of their own endeavor to define individual lesions of the skin.

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