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December 1947

TROPICAL LICHENOID DERMATITIS

Author Affiliations

Registrar, Department of Dermatology, Johannesburg General Hospital JOHANNESBURG, UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA

Formerly Lieutenant Colonel, South African Medical Corps, Officer-in-Charge of Dermatologic Cases, No. 2 District Central, Mediterranean Forces.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(6):868-869. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520120156017
Abstract

The submission of this note is prompted by a recent article by Nelson.1 During 1944 and the early part of 1945, patients presenting the syndrome later described by Bagby2 and Nisbet3 were frequently seen in the Italian theater of war, and their cases were discussed by Nelson with the dermatalogists mentioned in his first reference. I had over 50 cases at 102 South African General Hospital in Bari and was able to see several more at the neighboring New Zealand General Hospital. These facts alone would not justify the further report of a disease which has now been adequately described, but I feel that the following points might be of historical interest:

  1. In 1935, while I was stationed in Soroti, Uganda, British East Africa, I saw a colleague's wife with a cutaneous disease which resembled acute lichen planus, which diagnosis had been made by Dr. J.

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