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To the Editor:—An article appeared in the June 1943 issue of the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology by Dr. Hermann Pinkus entitled "Chronic Scarring Pseudofolliculitis of the Negro Beard." The author states "that a search of the literature revealed a strange absence of reference to this condition." I have (under the designation "folliculitis barbae traumatica") previously described the same disease as an extensive form of ingrown hair and not sycosis vulgaris, for which it is commonly mistaken (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.32:237 [Aug.] 1935). I believe I was the first author—certainly the first in the American literature—to report this extremely common disease of the Negro beard.
Greenbaum SS. CHRONIC SCARRING PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS OF THE NEGRO BEARD. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(3):312. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510030065012
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