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May 1961

Vesicular Malignant Dyskeratosis

Author Affiliations


Assistant Professor of Dermatology (Dr. Ellis).

From the Subdepartment of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(5):790-800. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580110078012

My former chief, the late Dr. Lloyd Ketron, had intended to report this case before the American Dermatological Association because of the unique clinical and histopathologic findings. Due to several serious illnesses, he procrastinated and failed to follow through with these plans before he died. I had the opportunity of jointly observing this patient and analyzing the microscopic findings. We hoped that by reporting this case that the disease would be correctly diagnosed, or recognized as a new entity.

Report of a Case  A Negro woman, aged 34, was first seen Jan. 25, 1944, in the Dermatology Clinic, complaining of a generalized nonpruritic eruption, which had started several months previously while she was working at an arsenal, loading bullets into a machine. She had been performing this type of work for 2 years before the eruption appeared. So far as she knew, a similar eruption had not been observed in

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