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December 1944


Author Affiliations

L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S. (Edinburgh) NAIROBI, KENYA

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(6):374-377. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510180024004

The first case of nevus anemicus was reported by H. Vörner in 1906, and the name "nevus anemicus" has found general recognition; it is doubtful whether "nevus ischemicus s. hyphemicus," as suggested by F. Parkes Weber (1929), is more appropriate. This type of nevus was at first thought to be extremely rare (Seeger offered a study of 1 case as a thesis for the M.D. degree in 1908), and it does not seem to have caught the attention of British and American dermatologists to a great extent. Sir E. G. Graham Little presented the first case in Britain in 1921, and it is not frequently mentioned in the American literature. But the disease deserves more study, and a review of the work done on the subject may offer some points of general interest.

The nevus is actually not extremely rare (in nineteen years I saw 7 cases)