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January 1979

Filatow-Dukes' DiseaseEpidermolytic Toxin-Producing Staphylococci as the Etiologic Agent of the Fourth Childhood Exanthem

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University School of Medicine, Montreal.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(1):88-91. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130010094020

The Exanthematous Family Tree: Diseases One, Two, Three, and Five?  Exanthems from an ancient family of fiveAchieved great fame; though now just four remain alive.Rubella, Measles, Scarlet Fever are the threeFirst christened, since the fourth succumbed in infancy.Yet little Fifth Disease cannot assume Fourth's name,Just as the "junior" would not then the "senior" claim.Instead, a new fourth member we might now adopt,And for the orphan, Roseola, I would opt.(Though it was called the Sixth disease by just a few,Procedures for adoption were not carried through.)Or should the fourth become that diagnostic cache—The MD's sage pronouncement, "It's a 'Viral Rash'..."?Caroline B. HallTo be buried while alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality.Edgar Allan Poe