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September 1961


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Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(3):514. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580150160042

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To the Editor:—  In regard to the letter of Dr. Woods, February 1961 issue, p. 322, Freund's dermatitis, Freund's oil of bergamot pigmentations is the name given in Italy to what subsequently was described under various names, among them: Dermatite Pigmentaire en forme de coulée, Pigmentation en coulée, Breloque en collier, Toilet water dermatitis. Emanuele Freund, (1869-1940) distinguished dermatologist of Trieste, Italy, first described such a dermatitis in 1916, as stated in Dr. Woods' letter.The discussion about the possible German origin of "berlock" is interesting. Urbach (Allergy, 1943) says that the term berloque dermatitis was coined by Rosenthal. It is peculiar for a German to create a French term. Assuming a French origin from "breloque," (pendantnecklace, trinket, charm) it is one of the outstanding nomenclature misfits. It may sound desirable because picturesque, like "d'emblée." In spite of its apparent French origin, modern French textbooks of dermatology and dictionaries do

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