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July 1994

Erythema Elevatum Diutinum

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(7):928. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690070124021

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The first installment of the paper is occupied with the history of four cases— the authors', one reported by Dr. Bury and two by Hutchinson, all of which, though differing somewhat as to detail, possess an undoubted similarity.... The name is justified merely by the clinical features.

J Cutan Genito-Urin Dis. July 1894;12:320.

The Rules of the Name Game

  1. Use Greek or Latin whenever possible. Erythema elevatum diutinum sounds more professional than raised red stuff that won't go away.

  2. Do not use French, Spanish, or any other foreign language except as allowed by rule 1. People will be embarrassed by their inability to pronounce your name correctly and will therefore not want to use it. (Note: This rule valid in mainland US only!)

  3. As a corollary to rule 1, never tell a patient what the name means. Alopecia areata is impressive only if you don't know it

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