A case of probable impetigo herpetiformis, of four weeks' duration, terminated under aureomycin therapy after eight days, is herewith reported because of its rarity and usual resistance to other means of therapy.
In 1872 Hebra1 described five cases of an eruption occurring in pregnant and puerperal women, pustular from the first and grouped in a circinate manner. In 1883 Kaposi2 reported 11 cases of impetigo herpetiformis (including Hebra's five) in women. All the patients ultimately died without significant observations at autopsy. In 1887 Kaposi3 reported the cases of two more patients (who died), one of whom was a man. Since then cases have been reported in men and women and in girls and boys.4
References5 to Hebra's description stress the following features: (a) pustules from the first, (b) characteristic grouping in rings or portions of rings, (c) formation of new groups of pustules at the