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August 1937

CEREBRIFORM NEVUS RESEMBLING CUTIS VERTICIS GYRATA

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.
From the Department of Surgery, University of Michigan.

Arch Surg. 1937;35(2):309-327. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190140101007
Abstract

The condition now known as cutis verticis gyrata was first described by Robert in 1848. The second example of this disease was recorded by Devergie (cited by Meirowsky) in his book "Traité pratique des maladies de la peau," which was published in 1854. In 1893 McDowell, an English neuropsychiatrist, described a similar case occurring in an epileptic microcephalic idiot. In the same year, Cowan reported 2 cases of the same nature, occurring in idiots. Jadassohn, at the Ninth Congress of the Dermatological Society in 1906, in Bern, presented a patient whose scalp in the occipital region was arranged in irregular folds, varying from 0.75 to 1.5 cm. in width. He later reported 2 additional cases. Unna in 1907 reported 3 cases of a similar nature. These cases were characterized by a gyrate appearance of the scalp over the vertex and the back of the head, resembling in appearance the furrows

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