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June 1941


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;43(6):1011. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01490240091016

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To the Editor:—  In their paper on "Dermatofibroma" (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.43:498 [March] 1941), Stecker and Robinson take exception to our use of the term "histiocytoma cutis" to designate cutaneous tumors of the type they describe. It is their opinion "that these histiocytes are secondary members of the group, that they have wandered into the tumor to pick up the lipoids from the degenerated cells or iron-containing pigment from small hemorrhages into the tumor itself and that the tumor is not a histiocytoma."A careful reading of our paper (Senear, F. E., and Caro, M. R.: Histiocytoma Cutis, Arch. Dermat. & Syph.33:209 [Feb.] 1936) would have shown that priority for the belief in the histiocytic origin of these tumors belongs to Woringer (Woringer, F.: Histiocytoma of the Leg, Bull. Soc. franç. de dermat. et syph.38:1401, 1931) and to other members of the Strasbourg group

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