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September 1924


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(3):304-305. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360270031006

When I first saw the patient, Oct. 3, 1923, I was not aware of the rarity of the affection.

Mrs. G. L. S., aged 50, whose previous history was unimportant, presented herself stating that she was greatly worried over a growth on her tongue. In January, 1923, a very small growth, about the size of a pinhead, appeared on the right anterior quadrant of her tongue. She called on her physician, who told her it was a wart, and he applied the electric needle. The wart disappeared. It soon recurred, and on May 10, she consulted him, and he again used the electric needle. This time an "open sore" resulted, and it was five or six weeks before the lesion healed. Again it recurred, and she thought the growth was malignant.

When she came to see me she had a small, sharply defined lesion about three-eighths inch (9 mm.) long and one-eighth inch (3 mm.) wide, elevated, perfectly smooth surface, shiny and quite hard. I told her the wart was cured, but that

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