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August 1995


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Cleveland, Ohio.

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(8):888. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690200022004

THE extreme rarity and unusual fatality of the disease described and identified by Ritter von Rittershain render the report of all such cases of considerable importance, as well as any additional light which may be thrown on the ætiology of the disease.

Two days after this incident the child's forehead and face became the seat of a dark-red eruption, followed secondarily by numerous minute sudamina, and thirdly by complete exfoliation of the epidermis covering the affected areas, and within from forty-eight to sixty hours the entire body and limbs were implicated in some stage of the diseased process in the order named. Flakes of epidermis as large as a Columbian postage stamp could easily be detached, by mechanical means, from the body and limbs, while without interference it was shed in much smaller segments.

J Cutan Genito-Urin Dis. August 1895;13:341-343.

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