Although in the last fifteen years a certain amount of light has been shed on that perplexing subject infantile eczema, its etiology is still obscure. It is probably true that what is called eczema in reality represents a variety of conditions, with various etiologies. One of the most interesting aspects in the history of dermatology in the last seventy-five years has been the gradual splitting off from the group called "eczema" of conditions that have been found to be specific diseases in their own right. Scabies, impetigo and pityriasis rosea were all originally classed under eczema. In the future, as regards infantile eczema, definite causes will be found for definite types, and the group of cases in which the etiology is uncertain will become smaller and smaller. A good example of this is the realization in the last few years that a good many types of so-called eczema in adults
HILL LW. INFANTILE ECZEMA: WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE USE OF A MILK-FREE DIET. JAMA. 1931;96(16):1277–1280. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720420001001
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