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November 7, 1891

CLINICAL NOTES ON LICHEN PLANUS.Read in the Section of Dermatology and Syphilography, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

Author Affiliations

OF NEW YORK, N. Y. PROFESSOR OF DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILIS, NEW YORK POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL, ETC.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(19):703-708. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410970001001
Abstract

Although lichen planus is one of the more rare diseases of the skin, it is one which occurs frequently enough to warrant the general practitioner being well acquainted with its natural history and therapeutics, while the very considerable suffering sometimes caused by the eruption, and its occasional rebelliousness to remedies, demand a further study from the specialist in regard to its nature and treatment. It is with a view of aiding in both these directions, that I have ventured to bring before this Association the experience which I have had with the disease during the past twenty years.

Erasmus Wilson was the first to call attention to lichen planus, over twenty years ago, and his description of the eruption was so clear and graphic that it was at once recognized, especially in this country and England, and has long found a place in most dermatological classifications; and repeated reports on

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