In his survey, Wolf1 examined works on the variations of diseases. He gave a long list of diseases, the clinical pictures of which vary in intensity or in frequency (typhoid, diphtheria, etc.) so as almost to disappear or, on the contrary, to present a new nosologic entity.
Among these newly appeared diseases Wolf mentioned erythème des jambes, which, according to him, was first described in 1924 in Denmark by Wendel, and which has not yet attracted the attention of physicians.
Wolf's statements need certain corrections. Thibierge,2 on the one hand, noted that he had a clear perception of this disease as early as 1896; during the last ten years, on the other hand, dermatologists— mostly those from the northern countries—have noted a peculiar disease, the chief characteristics of which are a slight swelling and a bluish-pink tint of the skin of the limbs (mostly the legs) of young
KISTIAKOVSKY EV. ERYTHROCYANOSIS CUTIS SYMMETRICA; ANGIONEUROSIS ENDOCRINOPATHICA POLYGLANDULARIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(6):780–796. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440060016002
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