An epidemic form of an inflammatory skin disease with more or less generalized erythema and scaling. It was described by Savill in 1891 as an eruptive type of dermatitis that appeared on the face, scalp, upper limbs, and rarely on the lower extremities and trunk. The eruption appeared in either a dry form resembling ringworm or in a moist form resembling eczema. Savill originally observed this disturbance during the summer and autumn of 1891 in London asylums and workhouses. Etiology unknown. The condition may have been associated with either an infectious agent or a drug.
- T. D. Savill:
On an epidemic skin disease.
British Medical Journal, London, 1891, 2: 1197-202.
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