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December 1980

Old and New Barbarisms

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(12):1347. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640360021007

To the Editor.—  Dr Joseph Walter's "Pathologic Quiz" in the March Archives (116:332-334, 1980) unhappily repeats that old barbarism, "lichen amyloidosis," not once but four times, and even goes so far as to impose the same misspelling on a reference1 in which it was actually spelled correctly when it was published."Lichen amyloidosis" is just as wrong as "lichen planis" or "lupus erythematosis" would be; the word "amyloidosus" is an adjective modifying lichen—not the noun "amyloidosis," which is properly spelled with an i. The late J. Walter Wilson was the only scholar I ever knew who insisted that "lichen amyloidosis" was just as good as "lichenoid amyloidosis" (which would be correct too). His position, whether defensible or not, was certainly a very lonely one. See Leider and Rosenblum's dermatological dictionary or Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.

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