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November 1976


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Burbank, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(11):1611. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630350077023

To the Editor.—  I object to the term "pseudomelanoma" for a recurrent benign pigmented nevus in the article "Pseudomelanoma" by Drs Kornberg and Ackerman (Arch Dermatol 111:1588-1590, 1975), with only three references. Dr Ackerman is not the first to describe these lesions.In fact, at a well-attended meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathology in Chicago 1974, many objected to the term "pseudomelanoma," some of whom had studied these lesions. The chairman of the meeting, Dr Alvin Cox of Stanford, had studied 143 nevi from 103 patients with these recurrent lesions, and he is not included in the references.1,2 Dr Cox cited 17 references in his article. I remember Dr Sam Becker telling me about these recurrent lesions when we were studying the giant pigmented nevus.3 Dr Cox's article should be read to be given the proper benign prospectus on these troublesome recurrent lesions.Dr Ackerman's photomicrographs are

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