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Mrs. S. E. B., a 54-year-old interior decorator, presented herself on Dec. 13, 1954, on account of a persistent, pruriginous, disseminated, erythemosquamous dermatitis of two years' duration.
The individual lesions were nail-plate-sized or smaller except where through coalescence larger plaques were formed. The neck, the face, the scalp, and the upper part of the torso were involved.
This dermatitis began with a patch on the side of the neck and was diagnosed as neurodermatitis. During the two-year period she was treated by several dermatologists, who at various times used x-rays, ultraviolet rays, ointments, pastes, lotions, sedatives, calcium gluconate intravenously, and more recently cortisone (Cortone) acetate both internally and topically.
She has had occasional and temporary relief. In the main, however, the dermatitis became more intensified and more extensive.
I made a provisional diagnosis of contact dermatitis and discontinued all medication as well as the use of any and