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September 1939


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(3):402-413. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490030059009

A series of 5 cases observed during seventeen years is presented here for the purpose of studying a clinical picture which to us is unfamiliar and which does not appear to have been described in dermatologic literature.1

The history and appearance of the cutaneous lesions in all 5 cases were strikingly similar. Briefly, the principal features may be summarized as follows:

  1. Age and sex: Two patients were women, a mother aged 70 and a daughter aged about 45. The other 3 were men, with ages ranging from about 25 to 49. The 2 women were in exceptionally good financial circumstances and the 3 men in moderately good circumstances.

  2. Course: Attacks recurred over a period ranging from several years to as many as twenty.

  3. Individual attacks: The attacks lasted from four to six weeks in case 5, clearing spontaneously, and as long as several months in each

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