To the Editor:
In the January 1966 issue of the Archives of Dermatology Drs. Bard and Perry vividly describe the characteristics of erythema infectiosum1: the small outbreaks among children; the even distribution among the sexes; the typical aspect of the face; the gyrate pattern on the extremities; and the benign course.However this description is marred by the quotation of literature referring to an epidemic which we feel should be separated from erythema infectiosum: the German "Bläschen Krankheit" of 1958.2The study of this disease probably introduced another symptom: purpura into the description of erythema infectiosum, which was common in the German epidemic, but is absent from the classical descriptions of erythema infectiosum.In Germany many authors felt that the epidemic of 1958 was different from what had hitherto been described as erythema infectiosum and called it Bläschen Krankheit, Osnabrücker Krankheit or erythema infectiosum variabile 1958.4-6 This
Doeglas HMG. ERYTHEMA INFECTIOSUM DIFFERENTIATED FROM BLASCHEN KRANKHEIT AND MARGARINE DISEASE. Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(5):634–635. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600230138040
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