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February 12, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(7):532. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550330001001h

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Cases of generalized herpes zoster are of such rarity as to warrant their being recorded. But few dermatologic text-books mention generalized herpes. Within the past few years references to such cases have appeared in foreign literature. I have observed two cases in elderly men, the eruption in each instance being primarily suspected of being smallpox, although it bore greater resemblance to that of chickenpox. The notes of a recent case are appended:

Patient.  —Mr. C., aged 66, began to suffer pain in the left scapular region on Thursday, Nov. 25, 1909. On November 28 an extensive eruption was observed covering the left scapular region, the left pectoral region, and the inside of the left arm. On the evening of November 29 a scattered eruption was observed by the patient on various parts of the body. The physician in attendance suspected that the case might be smallpox, and on the

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