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December 20, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(25):1581-1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480510021001d

In 1888 Crocker first called attention to a peculiar inflammation of the skin to which, he gave the name dermatitis repens, his description of the disease being based on three cases, of which the following is a brief summary:

Case 1.  —The first case occurred in a young man who had had a portion of a finger amputated on account of an injury. The operation wound healed in normal fashion, but at its border a dermatitis, resembling in a general way an eczema rubrum, began which gradually spread up to the palm and over the fingers. The surface was denuded of its epidermis, was intensely red, oozing a clear fluid like sweat from numerous points around the sharply defined borders of the patch, which consisted of undermined epidermis elevated by fluid. The inflammation continued to extend for some months until it reached the elbow, the hand in the interval having recovered

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