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October 31, 1925


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Wilmington, N. C.

JAMA. 1925;85(18):1419-1420. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670180075033

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To the Editor:  —Your editorial on this subject (The Journal, October 17, p. 1225) interests me greatly. You speak of "the name acrodynia which Weston introduced to differentiate the disorder from pellagra." Allow me to call your attention to a paper of my own entitled "Acrodynia: Its Place in Medicine and Its Relation to Pellagra" (Am. J. Trop. Med. 1:291 [Sept.] 1921). In this paper an effort is made to trace the history of this strange affection. One will find there recorded that, Aug. 26, 1828, M. Chomel (Arch. gén. de méd. 18) called the attention of the Academy of Medicine to the disease which was designated épidémie de Paris, and a commission was named to study it. The first reference to this outbreak which I have been able to find was that of Genest in 1828 under the title, Recherches sur l'affection épidémique qui regne maintenant à Paris

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