Doctor Mautner is correct in claiming to have described the first indisputable case of epidermolysis bullosa letalis under the name of pemphigus hereditarius (Monatschr. f. Kinderheil., 22:15, 1922). We certainly did not intend to deprive him of the credit for this achievement. In our article, however, we did not claim that epidermolysis bullosa letalis was first described by Herlitz. We merely credited Herlitz with first defining this condition as an entity, since he recognized it as one of the variants of epidermolysis bullosa and coined the term epidermolysis bullosa hereditria letalis.

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