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June 1963


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Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Wis

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(6):745. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590180073016

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To the Editor:—Drs. Brunner, Rubin, and Dunlap (Arch Derm 85:539-540 [April] 1962) deserve credit for describing a "New Papular Erythema of Childhood." This peculiar dermatitis presents a striking picture and merits recognition as an entity. In my practice it is a not uncommon disorder. In 1949 I described it as follows: (Epstein, S.: Allergic Skin Disorders in Pediatrics, J Lancet 69:209-214 [June] 1949; page 212): "There exists a rather peculiar form of dermatitis in infants which probably also belongs to contact dermatitis. This is a papular dermatitis occurring mostly on the legs and buttocks and starting around the age when a child begins to crawl around on the floor or the porch or outdoors. It is also seen on the arms, and usually consists of relatively hard papular lesions which become confluent and may turn into an acute weeping dermatitis. The cause usually cannot be determined; the eruption takes

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