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April 1920


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;1(4):443-445. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350040080010

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To the Editor:—  In an interesting article in the February number of this journal Dr. Moses Scholz discusses dermatologic misnomers. I agree with him as to the impropriety of many of these names and share his dislike for them, but it is always difficult and often inadvisable to change a name in common use however bad it may be. Erasmus Wilson, a classical scholar, gave excellent reasons for a change of certain dermatologic names, but the change only produced confusion. Jonathan Hutchinson introduced a few new names which proved too objectionable to become generally adopted. I, myself, must confess to having urged certain changes of name for which I am now sorry, but I am g'ad of a partial success in substituting trichophytosis for tinea trichophytina, chromophytosis for tinea or pityriasis versicolor (which Dr. Scholz would call tinea furfuracea microsporina), fibroma for molluscum fibrosum, and nodular syphilid for the old

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