V. P. SYDENSTRICKER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; D. R. THOMAS JR., M.D.
Dermatomyositis was described by Steiner1 as "an acute, subacute or chronic disease of unknown origin, characterized by gradual onset with vague and indefinite prodromata followed by edema, dermatitis and multiple muscle inflammation." If this description be amended to read "multiple non-suppurative muscle inflammation," it becomes definitive. Although the disease was recorded independently by E. Wagner,2 Unverricht3 and Hepp4 in 1887, Steiner was able to collect only 28 undoubted cases in 1905. Since then some 75 additional instances have been noted, practically all in the English, German and American literature. Excellent reviews are those of Rosenthal and Hoffman5 and Wheeler and
SYDENSTRICKER VP, THOMAS DR. DERMATOMYOSITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1935;8:959–965. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-8-959
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