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November 1950


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AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(5):632-634. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530180021004

"DISSEMINATED" lupus erythematosus still means, to a great many internists and general practitioners, just about what it meant to Moritz Kaposi, who coined the name three quarters of a century ago. Said Kaposi:

Lupus erythematosus may be . . . developed . . . secondly, as disseminated and aggregated small spots . . . which I call Lupus erythematosus disseminatus et aggregatus. [In this form] . . . hundreds of spots of erythematous lupus become distributed over the trunk, on the flexor and extensor surface of the fingers, on the palm and back of the hand, on the arms, thighs, elbows and knees, both back and front, and, in fact, over almost the whole body . . . accompanied by various local and constitutional symptoms . . . undiscernible in the cases which have a persistently chronic course.1

Nearly 25 years later, he was still using the term "disseminatus" in a largely physical sense, for his famous atlas2 contained plates designated variously as lupus

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