RALPH C. WILLIAMS JR., M.D.
Since the original descriptions by Wagner1 and Unverricht2 in 1887, dermatomyositis has become a well recognized clinical and pathologic entity. Whether the symptom complex which presents itself as dermatomyositis is truly one disease is open to question, particularly in view of the incidence of associated malignancy in the cases reported. In 1916 Stertz3 first called attention to dermatomyositis coupled with neoplasm in a 55 year old man with carcinoma of the stomach who presented with polymyositis. Bezecny4 in 1935 refocused attention upon the association of tumor and dermatomyositis in his report of three cases, two with ovarian neoplasm and one
WILLIAMS RC. DERMATOMYOSITIS AND MALIGNANCY: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE*. Ann Intern Med. 1959;50:1174–1181. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-50-5-1174
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