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June 1961


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Chief of Dermatology and Syphilology Ireland Army Hospital Fort Knox, Ky.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):1018-1019. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120130040

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To the Editor:—  I read the interesting article entitled Pityriasis Alba: A Ten-Year Survey and Review of the Literature by Benjamin T. Wells, M.D., Henry J. Whyte, M.B., Ch.B., and Robert R. Kierland, M.D., in the August, 1960 (A.M.A. Arch. of Derm.), issue belatedly, but I would like to compliment the authors and add a bit to the discussion.It seems remarkable, in the first place, that so common a condition has had so many differing ideas advanced as to its etiology, and yet apparently no one has advanced the thought that this is an allergic phenomenon. Most disease conditions of obscure nature seem to have an allergic mechanism listed among the theories as to their etiology, but in commonly seen conditions like pityriasis alba one has the opportunity to become convinced as to the correctness of a particular theory of etiology.I would like to say that I agree

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