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February 2, 1884


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JAMA. 1884;II(5):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390300009001b

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In a brief article which you copy from the Practitioner, Sept., 1883, I discover that Dr. Thin has anticipated me somewhat in the description of a lesion of the mucous membranes, which I have been studying with much interest, as often as such cases came under my observation. Having met with but few instances stances of it, and most of these in transitu (nonresident), I hesitated to announce my impressions until after further investigation. However, by contributing a few paragraphs now, I may at least assist in calling the attention of others to this peculiar disease. The name “ psilosis (loss of hair by depilation) mucosæ intestini,” with which the new malady has been christened, would seem to be somewhat forced in its application to epithelial (intestinal) desquamation, but, perhaps, does not do great violence to our usual nomenclature of diseases. Though I have not yet been able to recognize

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