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February 1976

A Possible Case of Subcorneal Pustular Dermatosis in an Egyptian Mummy

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pathology and anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr Zimmerman), and the Department of Pathology, Temple University Health Services Center, Philadelphia (Dr Clark).

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(2):204-205. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630260028008

• Examination of the mummy of an Egyptian who died in 892 BC ± 53 years showed the skin to be well preserved, with inguinal subcorneal vesicles of the type seen in subcorneal pustular dermatosis. This condition apparently antedates by almost three millenia its description as a clinicopathological entity by Sneddon and Wilkinson in 1956.

(Arch Dermatol 112:204-205, 1976)

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