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December 1943

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, SECTION OF DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILIS

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Chairman; Secretary March 2, 1943

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(6):668-673. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510060092016

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Abstract

Lichenoid Exudative Discoid Dermatitis. Presented by Dr. A. Benson Cannon.

J. E., a Jewish tailor aged 58, was admitted to City Hospital on June 25, 1942, with a history of a generalized eruption of two years' duration. His past history was irrelevant except for a generalized eruption including the mouth twenty-eight years previously. This lasted six weeks and followed his drinking copious quantities of beer. The eruption cleared after treatment with potassium permanganate baths, and the patient remained well until two years ago, when pruritic lesions developed on the hands; they soon spread to involve the entire body, giving the picture of a generalized erythroderma. Constant local therapy afforded no relief, and in May 1942 the patient went to Arizona, where he remained only two weeks because of the heat. He admitted that he had taken many laxatives.

Examination on his admission to the hospital, in June 1942, revealed an acute exudative erythroderma over

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