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July 1979

Munro Microabscess: Let's Spell It Right

Author Affiliations

Torrance, Calif

Long Beach, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(7):816-817. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010070002004

To the Editor.—  Microabscesses composed of pyknotic neutrophils and lying within the parakeratotic areas of the stratum corneum are one of the characteristic histological features of early psoriasis vulgaris.1 In the modern dermatological literature,1,2 they are referred to as Munro microabscesses, in deference to William J. Munro, an Australian dermatologist, who clearly described this phenomenon in 1898.3 Unfortunately, his name has often been misspelled, "Monro" being the most common aberration.4,5 One standard textbook of pathology has even spelled it "Monroe."6An eponym is a tribute to a person's contribution to medicine and bestows a degree of immortality. Misspelling the name, however, only insures confusion for future generations. But, perhaps, it is these inexplicable errors that remind us that the medical literature is just as corruptible and frail as the human spirit that creates it.

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