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To the Editor.—
A towering mountain of medical literature makes it increasingly difficult for an author to ascertain that a disease strange to him has not been hitherto observed. The "peculiar persistent pruritic affection of the skin" is reported by Schamberg in the July 1977 Archives (113:986) too late. This disorder was described and named (also alliteratively) "puncta pruritica" by Toomey, 55 years ago (Arch Dermatol 5:744-747,1922). Independent discovery is nonetheless commendable, and to Schamberg, the discovery he himself made should be a source of satisfaction.
Waisman M. Peculiar Pruritus. Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(6):968. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640180098041