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April 1960


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AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(4):611. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730040115025

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To the Editor:—  At the time we wrote our article "Idiopathic Atrophoderma of Pasini and Pierini Occurring in Two Brothers," (A.M.A. Arch. Dermat. 80:195 [Aug.] 1959) we accepted the statement in the report of Canizares et al. (Idiopathic Atrophoderma of Pasini and Pierini, A.M.A. Arch. Dermat. 77:42 [Jan.] 1958) that this condition "... has received no attention as such in the American dermatologic literature and is not mentioned in any textbooks in English."It has recently come to our attention, however, that this is not so. The book, "Clinical Selections in Dermatology and Mycology" by Frederick T. Schmidt, published by Charles C Thomas in 1956, contains a 10-line paragraph describing Idiopathic Atrophoderma, plus three other passing references to it. This publication therefore antedates Canizares' article by two years.We believe that printed priority should be granted to Dr. Schmidt, in the English-language literature.

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