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February 1924


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;9(2):266-273. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360200122010

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FIXED EXANTHEM. Presented by Drs. Ormsby and Mitchell.  A man, aged 32 years, who had had a generalized recurrent eruption in the same areas for the past five years, had had about ten attacks in all. Usually one attack occurred in the summer and one in the winter. A given attack lasted from five to six weeks. The erythema then subsided and the lesions persisted as brownish macules. The patient took Epsom salts as a cathartic, but he had never taken phenolphthalein in any form. There was a history of chancre two years before the onset of the eruption.The patient was first seen on Aug. 15, 1923, at which time a photograph had been made. At the time of presentation the patient was recovering from an acute attack, the second since coming under observation in August. A comparison with the photograph made at that time revealed that the lesions

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