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September 1944


Author Affiliations

MC-V (S), U.S.N.R.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(3):167-169. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510150019003

Until recently, epidermolysis bullosa was a disease rarely seen or, at least, rarely diagnosed. Perhaps, as stated by Major Greenberg1 in a report of 5 cases seen by him, the concentration of so many men brings to light certain diseases that might never be seen under ordinary circumstances. Another reason is, of course, the fact that many of these men have various eruptions for which they have never consulted a physician, owing either to their financial condition or their environment in civilian life, and on entering the armed services immediately take advantage of the medical consultation offered them or are forced to attend their sick bays by the insistence of the men associated with them or their company commanders. Considering that all 4 of my patients were referred with other diagnoses may also point to the fact that this disease is commoner than heretofore considered, and

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