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June 1965


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Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(6):686. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600120118035

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To the Editor:  May I add an additional note to the paper by Schoenfeld and Hoszberger on palatal leukokeratosis (Arch Derm 90:89 [July] 1964). In 1959 while driving from Bukavu to Kisenyi in Belgian Congo, we alighted from the car because of a flat tire. An African woman of the Muganda tribe was sitting in the grass beside the road feeding her infant. As I bent over to see what she was giving the child (sardines), she noticed a pack of cigarettes in my pocket and made signs that she would like a smoke. After I lit it for her, imagine my surprise when she placed the lit end in her mouth and puffed away.I asked her to open her mouth and noted a grade 2 leukoplakia on the hard palate but no visible signs of ulceration.

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