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July 1941


Author Affiliations

St. Paul Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, and Dermatologic Consultant, Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children (Twin Cities Unit)

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):68-69. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010071014

A possible relation between varicella and herpes zoster is noted in most textbooks, but the exact nature of this relation has not been proved. Bruusgaard1 discussed the clinical and theoretic considerations of this problem in detail a few years ago, and experimental studies were reviewed by Brain.2 The latter also performed original experiments which "indicate the close relationship and possible identity of the viruses of zoster and varicella." As additional evidence of such a relation there are numerous reports of the appearance of both diseases in the same household, but the daily activities of most people are so intermingled that in most cases it is difficult to establish an epidemic relation which excludes all possibility of additional exposure to chickenpox in a third person. The following case is reported because chickenpox appeared in the wards of a hospital which had been quarantined for a time longer than the