Inasmuch as the entire subject of nevi is still a dermatologic dark Africa, and linear nevus forms an intricate and obscure division, I will endeavor to confine myself in this paper to a few brief, chiefly histologic considerations, and their application to linear nevi in particular and dermatology in general. So many anomalies, e. g., pigmentations, albinism, hirsuties, angiomata, teratomata, keratomata, atheromata, port-wine stains, defects, etc., are included under the technical term nevus, that it is unfortunate that its original lay character should have acquired scientific value. Additional confusion has attended this unfortunate interchange of terms, by the fact that identical lesions escape classification if their distribution is general instead of limited, and that their development need not be coincident with birth, but months or even years after. Linear nevi not only share in the confusion which attaches itself to nevi
HEIDINGSFELD ML. LINEAR NEVI.A FEW CLINICAL AND PATHOLOGIC CONSIDERATIONS IN REFERENCE TO NEVI IN PARTICULAR AND TO DERMATOLOGY IN GENERAL. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(9):597–603. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500090001c
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