Abstract In the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology of March 1939 we1 described, under the designation of keratosis follicularis (Darier) with vesiculation, an unusual clinical picture of a patient. One month later in the same journal Hailey and Hailey2 reported 4 cases, those of two pairs of brothers, of an eruption which corresponded suggestively to the condition in our case. They viewed the disease as a hitherto undescribed one and designated it familial benign chronic pemphigus. In September 1939 Ayres and Anderson3 reported under the title "Recurrent Herpetiform Dermatitis Repens" 5 cases of a vesicular and bullous eruption which they admitted was identical with that in the cases described by Hailey and Hailey. Since that time Hailey and Hailey4 have published another series of familial cases of the disease and again expressed the opinion that the dermatosis represents a form of pemphigus and a new dermatologic entity. References 1. Pels, I. R., and Goodman, M. H.: Criteria for the Histologic Diagnosis of Keratosis Follicularis (Darier): Report of a Case with Vesiculation , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 39:438 ( (March) ) 1939. 2. Hailey, Howard, and Hailey, Hugh: Familial Benign Chronic Pemphigus , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 39:679 ( (April) ) 1939. 3. Ayres, S., and Anderson, N. P.: Recurrent Herpetiform Dermatitis Repens , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 40:402 ( (Sept.) ) 1939. 4. Hailey, Howard, and Hailey, Hugh: Familial Benign Chronic Pemphigus: Report of Thirteen Cases in Four Generations of a Family and Report of Nine Additional Cases in Four Generations of a Family , South. M. J. 33:477 ( (May) ) 1940. 5. We have recently encountered a typical example of this dermatosis with lesions on the neck in a 52 year old woman who stated convincingly that there was no family history of the condition. This may indicate that, as in Darier's disease, there may be sporadic, nonfamilial cases. 6. Becker, S. W., and Obermayer, M. E.: Bullous Disease: Bullous Darier's Disease (Pels and Goodman); Familial Benign Pemphigus (Hailey and Hailey); Herpetiform Dermatitis Repens (Ayers and Anderson) , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 41:1170 ( (June) ) 1940. 7. Goodman, M. H.: Familial Benign Chronic Pemphigus, Correspondence , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 40:272 ( (Aug.) ) 1939. 8. Rein and Frank, cited by Wise, F., and Sulzberger, M. B.: Editorial Comment , in Year Book of Dermatology and Syphilology , Chicago, The Year Book Publishers, Inc., 1939, p. 235. 9. Bettmann: Ueber Umbauvorgänge als Ausdruck spezifischer Reaktions-fähigkeit bei Hautkrankheiten (Die Reizbarkeit der Haut bei der Darierschen Krankheit) , Arch. f. Dermat. u. Syph. 135:65, 1921. 10. Darier, J.: Note sur l'anatomie pathologique de la maladie dite "psorospermose folliculaire végétante" à propos d'un cas nouveau , Ann. de dermat. et syph. 7:742, 1896. 11. Brünauer, S. R.: Morbus Darier, in Jadassohn, J.: Handbuch der Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten , Berlin, Julius Springer, 1931, vol. 8, pt. (2) , pp. 244, 254 and 258. 12. Montgomery, H., in discussion on Becker and Obermayer.
Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 1, 1941