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October 1968


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Department of Dermatology College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University 630 W 168th St New York, NY 10032

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(4):444. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610160118027

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To the Editor.—  In the May 1968 issue of the Archives a belated obituary appeared in honor of Harry Keil, a New York dermatologist, whose writings on the cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases—most notably the erythemata and connective tissue diseases—remain models of scholarship to this day. The statement that his monograph on "Rheumatic Nodules" was published in the Quarterly Journal of Medicine, a British journal, is incorrect. The article in question comprised the entire September 1938 issue of Medicine (17:261-380)— which at that time was published as a quarterly, although of late it is published every other month—and is entitled "The Rheumatic Subcutaneous Nodules and Simulating Lesions."In my opinion, it would be worthwhile to publish Keil's full bibliography, most of which is still worth reading or rereading. I would only mention here however, that the now almost universally accepted term, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), was probably first employed by

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