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To the Editor.
Concerning the article by Shmunes and Shu entitled, "Bullous Disease of Childhood: Report of a Case Demonstrating Antibasal Cell Antibody," which appeared in the March 1977 Archives (113:325-327), what kind of cell is an antibasal cell? I assume it is a cell found at the "anti-base." Certainly the authors meant anti-basal-cell antibody, which clearly indicates an antibody against the basal cell.Such hyphenations are useful. Compare "a large comedo-extractor" with "a large-comedo extractor." Compare "I saw a man eating tiger" with "I saw a man-eating tiger." The meanings are quite different. Thus, in the article by Shmunes and Shu, on page 326, the fourth line of the "Comment" section should read: "drug-related eruptions," and line 6 should read: "drug-induced."Small details, perhaps, but I do think that precision begets clarity, and both are important.Readers are advised that in view of The Copyright Revision Act of 1976,
Spatz SA. Man Eating Tiger? Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(1):125. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640130083027
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