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August 1942


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(2):218-224. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500140034005

In the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology of February 1941, I1 reported in brief several cases of dermatitis herpetiformis in elderly persons and claimed that this disease is much more common in the age group above 50 years than is generally believed and known. I furthermore showed, from a study of the literature and from my clinical studies for the past five years, that older persons tend to have a bullous form of this dermatosis and most often large bullae (pea sized or larger). In a more recent publication I2 referred to studies on a total of 14 cases of the disease in this age group and emphasized the unusual features by stating that in the corresponding period of time I had encountered but 5 cases of dermatitis herpetiformis in young adults (16 to 50 years of age). I have since then observed another case in a man

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