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October 1929


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(4):445-448. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440040017003

I have given the name erythema1 palmare hereditarium, or red palms, to an abnormality a published description of which I have searched for in vain. While I am well aware that such a search may have easily missed its object, the fact that several experienced dermatologists and internists from whom I have sought information have seen neither a description of the abnormality nor the abnormality itself makes it probable that the condition is not well known and that it has been rarely noted.

It is so striking in appearance that it attracted my attention at such times as I casually met the two persons affected long before I saw them as patients and had an opportunity to examine them carefully.

Both of the patients were men. The first, a lawyer, aged 51, consulted me in April, 1926, for the removal of some nonpigmented nevi. He was in perfect health