A series of 5 cases observed during seventeen years is presented here for the purpose of studying a clinical picture which to us is unfamiliar and which does not appear to have been described in dermatologic literature.1
The history and appearance of the cutaneous lesions in all 5 cases were strikingly similar. Briefly, the principal features may be summarized as follows:
Age and sex: Two patients were women, a mother aged 70 and a daughter aged about 45. The other 3 were men, with ages ranging from about 25 to 49. The 2 women were in exceptionally good financial circumstances and the 3 men in moderately good circumstances.
Course: Attacks recurred over a period ranging from several years to as many as twenty.
Individual attacks: The attacks lasted from four to six weeks in case 5, clearing spontaneously, and as long as several months in each
AYRES S, ANDERSON NP. RECURRENT HERPETIFORM DERMATITIS REPENS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(3):402–413. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490030059009