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Frederick Reiss, M.D.
JAMA. 1954;156(3):274. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950030066022.
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To the Editor:—  May I be permitted to make a few remarks in relation to a short note published in The Journal (155:1000 [July 10] 1954) regarding lymphostatic verrucosa, which is described by Professor Leon of Quito as probably of infectious origin. The symptoms and clinical features as described by Professor Leon are fairly common in China. During my 19 years' stay in that country many cases of that type have been observed at the department of dermatology, National Medical College of Shanghai and St. John's University Medical School. My investigations have been published (Reiss, F.: Relationship Between Chronic Dermatophytosis of Feet and Recurrent Erysipelas-like Manifestations, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Shanghai3:13, 1938). A short abstract of the article and of additional observation may give evidence that lymphostatic verrucosa is identical with what I termed elephantiasis verrucosa nostras. Furthermore, it appears to be evident that the disease is


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