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December 1960

Observations on Leukoderma Acquisitum Centrifugum

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine and the Cook County Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(6):1011-1012. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580060167034

The curious "halo nevus," generally known as Sutton's disease, is credited by Sutton to Hyde1 as first having described it under the title of "Vitiligo with a Central Mole." According to Leider and Cohen2 who gave an excellent review of the subject, Hebra and Kaposi3 make mention of this lesion as far back as 1874. Philosophers have speculated on the positive and negative, often present in juxtaposition and taking various forms. The fat and lean cows of the Bible, the crest and depression of the wave, are but numerous phases that pervade art, literature, and nature. In dermatology we find examples of these antitheses, as in the hyperpigmented border of vitiligo. A more extreme example is furnished by the halo nevus. Are the two zones mutually dependent? What would happen if one were expunged? This obvious question occurred to others. Niles4 actually attempted to remove the