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May 1935


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(5):768-773. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460230155019

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Extensive Depigmentation. Presented by Dr. Irving R. Bancroft.  F. C., a Negro aged 37, states that his mother is a Negress but has some Indian blood. His father is white. The patient was moderately black until he was 18 years old, at which time he began to lose the pigment of the skin. At the age of 22 he was almost entirely white. Now when he is exposed to the sunlight pigmented spots develop. Physical examination gave normal results except for the depigmentation involving practically nine tenths of the body. The history is irrelevant. No biopsy had been made.

DISCUSSION  Dr. E. D. Lovejoy: This patient reminds me of one whom Dr. Schamberg presented several years ago who was completely depigmented except for some conspicuous spots on the cheeks which he wished removed. Although many methods were tried, it was impossible to remove the spots.Dr. Kendal Frost: It is

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