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July 1945


Author Affiliations

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

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510250006001

Since the beginning of the war there have appeared on some tropical islands of the Pacific numerous cases of a disease which in its clinical appearance is suggestive of lichen planus. The total number and the percentage of personnel affected are impossible to estimate. That the number is large is obvious in this west coast Naval Hospital, which receives nearly all its patients directly from overseas. In the last eight months of 1944 about 25 cases of this disease have been observed here, 20 of them in the last three months.

According to the histories obtained, some of these eruptions begin as true lichen planus. In others, a generalized erythematous eruption, usually diagnosed as an exfoliative dermatitis, is followed by localized patches of the disease under consideration. In still others large areas of pustules develop, thought to be secondarily infected miliaria or impetigo, which in healing are

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