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August 1925


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1925;12(2):159-170. doi:10.1001/archderm.1925.02370080003001

REVIEW OF LITERATURE  According to Silva,1 Lutz (who published his work on some cases found in Brazil in the Monatshefte für Dermatologie in 1892) was the first to describe this affection. Neveux2 also claims premier honors for Jeanselme3 and states that Jeanselme had seen these tumors in Indo-China between 1889 and 1900. Before Silva's article appeared, credit for the discovery of these tumors was generally conceded to Sir William MacGregor,4 who, in 1900, called attention to a "curious multiple tumor" found in natives of New Guinea. MacGregor noted the tumors about the elbows and other parts of the body that come in contact with the ground when the natives sleep. He thought that the affection was due to a parasite.In April, 1904, Steiner,5 independently and not knowing of MacGregor's work, described similar tumors occurring in the natives of Malay. The tumors observed by him

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