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December 20, 1902

DERMATITIS HIEMALIS.A RECURRENT INFLAMMATION OF THE SKIN ASSOCIATED WITH COLD WEATHER.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(25):1583-1588. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480510023001e
Abstract

In 1883 a patient presented himself with a peculiar eruption on the back of the hands. It resembled to a slight extent lupus erythematosus, and also suggested the possibility of ringworm. The patient was a medical man and furnished careful details as to the previous history of the eruption. It was first noticed twenty years before, during the winter months, and reappeared at the first approach of frost each successive winter. It remained during cold weather in spite of treatment from which he had derived no benefit, although it invariably disappeared at the advent of warm weather in the spring. Noting the influence that cold weather had on the eruption, the patient on several occasions had made trips to Florida and to other warm climates, when invariably the disease spontaneously disappeared. During the eleven years following this first observation, 14 cases came under the observation of the present writer bearing

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