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January 1947


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(1):112-113. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520010116015

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For a long time I have felt that the name of the disease originally given by Kaposi to folliculitis of the neck was not only unwieldy but also incorrect. The term "papillaris" is not so exact as folliculitis, and the term "capillitii" is not correct, as many of the lesions are not confined to the scalp. Furthermore, there are apparently few dermatologists who can both spell and pronounce Kaposi's name correctly.

I am especially interested in the change of name to "folliculitis keloidalis," to which the word "nuchae" can be attached if desired. I proposed the change of name when serving as chairman of the committee on classification at the Ninth International Congress of Dermatology in Budapest, Hungary, in 1935. It was unanimously accepted by this committee. Furthermore, the new term is used in the last two editions of the "Standard Nomenclature of Disease and Standard Nomenclature of Operations," a

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