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February 1965


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57 West 57th St New York, NY 10019

Dr. Kleeberg died on Sept 21, 1964.

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(2):196. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600080104024

To the Editor:  D. E. Vander Ploeg and J. J. Stagnone describe in Arch Derm 90:172, 1964, two cases in which alopecia of the eyebrows was present without associated syphilitic skin or mucous membrane lesions.In the old days this was much more common than now. To the French syphilologists this sign was very well known and they called it Signe d'Omnibus.1It is unfortunate that the authors do not mention whether any leukoderma was present or whether any pathological findings could be traced in the cerebrospinal fluid (which is common in these cases).From the author's photos I could not determine whether any alopecia of the eyelashes was present (they do not mention anything in their paper).Alopecia of the cilia is much rarer but very characteristic. Ordinarily the eyelashes of the upper eyelids are affected.Felix Pinkus2 in a monograph describes the syphilitic alopecia of the

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