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April 1977

"The First Report of..."

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Arcadia, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(4):522. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640040130030

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To the Editor.—  "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of..." is one of those hackneyed phrases that evokes a yawn from the average medical journal reader. If the claim is unjustified, a sense of mild irritation may accompany the yawn. The recent article by Campo and McDonald (112:687-689, 1976) elicited such a reaction. Contrary to the selfserving statement of these authors, Neldner and Hambridge published the first report of the successful treatment of acrodermatitis enteropathica with zinc sulfate in the US literature (N Engl J Med 292:879-882, 1975). Since this report appeared prior to the publication acceptance date of the article by Campo and McDonald, there was plenty of time for these authors to amend their final manuscript prior to actual publication.Not satisfied with trying to be "first in the US," Campo and McDonald seek even greater glory by proudly proclaiming that their paper

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