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October 1974

Emendation to "Bitemporal Aplasia Cutis Congenita"

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Philadelphia, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(4):636. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630100084027

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To the Editor.—  We have recently-and quite serendipitously-found an article that describes several patients with features remarkably similar to those of the child described by us in our paper entitled "Bitemporal Aplasia Cutis Congenita" which appeared in the Archives (110:615-618, 1974). The article that had appeared in the pediatric literature (Pediatrics 32:540, 1963) was overlooked in our extensive search through the literature because of its inaccurate use of the phrase "congenital ectodermal dysplasia" in the title instead of the correct term "aplasia cutis congenita." To the dermatologist, of course, "congenital ectodermal dysplasia" immediately calls to mind two very distinct syndromes and certainly does not encompass the well known entity of "aplasia cutis congenita." Our missing of this obviously important article emphasizes the great need for using correct and exact terminology when writing and "naming" a paper.The article describes five children of Puerto Rican ancestry who had the following features:

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