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December 3, 1938

ECZEMA AND ITS PRACTICAL MANAGEMENT: CLINICAL LECTURE AT SAN FRANCISCO SESSION

JAMA. 1938;111(23):2106-2113. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790490004009
Abstract

The name eczema has for many years been applied to a heterogeneous group of inflammatory dermatoses. The vexed question as to what to include and what to omit from the broad concept of eczema is discussed in hundreds of articles, of which many are repetitive and many unproductive. In the curriculum of one of the postgraduate courses in dermatology the lecture on eczema deals with "eczema venenatum, seborrheicum, hemostaticum, infectious eczematoid dermatitis, neurodermatitis, dermatophytosis and dermatophytids." This classification, while recognizing different entities, adheres to the morphologic classification of widely differing dermatoses.

In recent years much has been added to our knowledge of the subject. Numerous useful and carefully organized facts have come to light and lines have been more sharply drawn. Unna long ago removed seborrheic eczema, better termed seborrheic dermatitis, from the general group and established it as a specific entity bearing no relationship to other members of the

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