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October 13, 1906


Author Affiliations

Professor of Materia Medica; Therapeutics; Clinical Medicine and Diseases of the Skin in the Medico-Chirurgical College and Hospital.; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Medico-Chirurgical College; Director of Laboratories of Research in the American Hospital for Diseases of the Stomach; Physician to the Philadelphia Hospital. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(15):1147-1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210150003001a

Benign cystic epithelioma has been reported under a variety of titles, all of which were designed to describe, more or less closely, the pathologic changes of the individual case under consideration, or to describe the views held by the individual making the report. Cases of cutaneous epithelium have been described under a variety of captions, and among these titles are to be found hydradenoma, hemangio-endothelioma, syringocystoma, epithelioma adenoid cystium (Brooke1), tricho-epithelioma (Jarisch2), akanthoma adenoides cystium (Unna) and benign cystic epithelioma (Hartzell3). Following the suggestions of these writers, White,4 Balzer and Ménétrier,5 Balzer and Grandhomme,6 Phillippson,7 Wolters8 and Hartzell3 have added examples of this clinically benign form of epithelioma. From the literature9 we have been able to collect references to but twenty-four reported cases and special articles discussing benign cystic epithelioma.

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