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July 1945


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President; Secretary April 8, 1944

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(1):66-69. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510250071021

A Case for Diagnosis (Virus Papillomas in Burn Scars?). Presented by Dr. Harry L. Arnold Jr.

J. R., a 50 year old white business executive, suffered a severe second and third degree burn of the hands, especially the left, on Feb. 27, 1944. Many of the nails were lost as a result of it and are regrowing.

Since removal of the petrolatum gauze dressings, a more or less solid growth of hard, dry, horny, yellowish, closely packed papillomas, 1 to 3 mm. in diameter, has been observed throughout most of the area of the scar in a streaked pattern. Some of the lesions have been desquamating more or less en masse.


Capt. David J. Musman, M.C., A.U.S.: I am reminded of similar lesions which I saw a few weeks ago following a gasoline burn in a person with psoriasis. Although the papular element was less prominent, there was

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