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September 1941

PEMPHIGUS: A SURVEY OF ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY PATIENTS ADMITTED TO BELLEVUE HOSPITAL FROM 1911 TO 1941

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK; BALTIMORE

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, New York University College of Medicine, and the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Third Medical (New York University) Division, Bellevue Hospital, service of Dr. Frank C. Combes.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(3):321-336. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500030003001
Abstract

Pusey1 credited Hebra with the earliest clarification of the clinical picture of pemphigus as it is known today. Yet few substantial advances in the knowledge of this disease have occurred in the six decades following the death of that master of clinical dermatology. A lack of knowledge of the cause of pemphigus is undoubtedly the real stumbling block in the approach toward a rational plan of therapy.

As the severity of this disease warrants hospitalization in most cases, it affords an opportunity for careful clinical observation. It was our privilege to conduct a survey of a large series of cases in the hope that the more pressing clinical problems might be better appreciated. Perhaps some service has been done in clarifying conflicting views regarding incidence, age, sex and racial frequency, mortality rates and life expectancy. We were fortunate in accumulating a series of 170 cases, dating from 1911 to

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