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March 2014

The Men or Women Behind Nevi: Richard Sutton

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  • 1Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(3):302. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.9983

In 1916, the dermatologist Richard Lightburn Sutton described 2 young women with pigmentary changes he called “leukoderma acquisitum centrifugum,1 better known as Sutton nevus or halo nevus. He thought that the cases he presented were varieties of vitiligo, not nevi. The correlation of leukoderma acquisitum centrifugum with melanocytic nevus was made by John H. Stokes, as reported by the editors of the 1923 Year Book.