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April 1978

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Brussels, Belgium

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(4):626. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640160092038

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To the Editor.—  In your February 1977 issue of the Archives (113:235), the late Dr W. Reed mentioned that there was no literature on sclerodermoid porphyria cutanea tarda. It is, alas, a fact that English or American papers very seldom contain non-English references. Nevertheless, I would like to mention a paper published in 1967, in the Archives Belges de Dermatologie. The title of the paper was "La porphyrie sclérodermiforme," and the authors mentioned 12 references, including even a reference of Zimmerman, published in the April 1955 Archives.The statement of Dr Reed is a confirmation of the tendency of English-speaking writers to neglect the continental works. While it is evident that English is "the" scientific dominant language, I would like to remind your readers that other sources of bibliography still exist. Despite this frustrating situation, I can assure you that I have no intention of cutting my subscription to the

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