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To the Editor.—
Thank you for your recent letter containing the reprint and note from Drs. Biro and Maday of Budapest. I have been unable to obtain a translation of this reprint as yet, but the photographs do show excellent results from the surgical treatment of familial chronic pemphigus.Needless to say, my co-authors and I were not aware that an article dealing with the surgical treatment of this disease had been published in 1966 in The Dermatological Journal of Budapest. This is approximately the same time that our patient was undergoing treatment and our research was being done into the historical background of this problem, and this article may well have not been listed in Index Medicus at that time.There are few times when one can truly claim a surgical first, and I am sure that if the truth were known there would be other cases antedating both
Frank L. Thorne. FAMILIAL CHRONIC PEMPHIGUS-Reply. Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(3):385. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610270127029