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September 1932


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(3):471-473. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030469012

When discussing prognoses in disease processes, the possibility of recurrence of the disease at some later date is one that naturally interests the patient to a considerable degree. This is particularly true when the disease is one of grave prognostic import or one that may cause the patient great discomfort during its course. Lichen planus, due to its frequent chronic course and the almost universal presence of a marked and persistent pruritus, belongs to the latter class.

Recurrence in lichen planus has received little attention in the literature. At none of the three great debates on this disease (namely: (1) England, in 1900; (2) Victory Congress of the American Dermatological Association, in 1919; (3) French Speaking Dermatologists, at Strasbourg, in 1927) was the subject of recurrence given even passing attention. Textbooks on the subject as often as not make no mention whatever of recurrence, and when it

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