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September 5, 1925


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St. Louis.

JAMA. 1925;85(10):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670100053025

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To the Editor:  —In three successive papers read before different medical societies during the period 1909 to 1915 I described the incidence, symptomatology, course and termination of the peculiar exanthem to which I gave the name "roseola infantum." In the last few years many descriptions of the disease have appeared. I would express here my appreciation for the generous credit that has been accorded me in the work of separating this symptom-complex from the multitude of eruptions in infancy. Even Heiman, in reviewing the subject (Arch. Pediat., July, 1925, p. 454) admits that nothing has been added to my original descriptions except that Levy and later Veeder and Hempleman described the characteristic leukopenia.Objections have been made, however, to the nomenclature. Veeder and Hempleman objected to "roseola infantum," and proposed instead "exanthem subitum." Heiman calls the disease "the critical pre-eruptive fever." The term "roseola infantum" gives two characteristics of the

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