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May 2003

On Zimmerman's "Dermatitis Factitia as a War Weapon"

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Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(5):666-667. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.5.666

I would like to make 2 comments prompted by Zimmerman's essay,1 "Dermatitis Factitia as a War Weapon," published last September in the ARCHIVES.

First, as indicated in Webster's Dictionary, maquis, from the Italian macchie, a "thicket, sketch, spot," refers to the thick scrubby underbrush of the French Mediterranean shores; and when capitalized, it designates a French guerrilla movement against Nazi occupation during World War II. Maquis fighters were called Maquisards.