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To the Editor:—I am indebted to Professor Kozhevnikov for supplying me with a photostatic copy of a paper on trichorrhexis areata published by Nikolsky in 1900. This paper was not available to me at the time I wrote my letter nor do any of our standard reference works mention it. Galewsky in Jadassohn's Handbuch (Vol. 13, Pt. 1, p. 145) does not mention Nikolsky in describing trichoclasia idiopathica (Sabouraud, Jackson).
Cutis rhomboidalis nuchae was first described by Jadassohn on Feb. 14, 1925. About the same time Nikolsky published his cases which he termed cutis rhomboidea cervicis hypertrophica. The term rhomboidalis nuchae was coined by Jadassohn and is universally accepted. Nikolsky undoubtedly made the same observations at or about the same time.
However, I do wish that the Russians would give full bibliographic references in their publications to enable the student to read the original papers.
Zakon SJ. NIKOLSKY SIGN. AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(3):403. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540270115025
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