In 1925, Wise and Eller1 reported several cases of von Recklinghausen's disease without tumor formation, with a review of the literature, before the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology at the seventy-sixth annual session of the American Medical Association. In the discussion which followed, some of the members were not in accord with the ideas presented, and some openly doubted the existence of von Recklinghausen's disease without tumor formation.
Since that time, I had the opportunity to observe two families in which some of the members presented the incomplete form of von Recklinghausen's disease.
F. F., a woman aged 33, married, childless, was first seen on April 2, 1927, suffering from a folliculitis of the pubic region. At the time of the examination, there were numerous pigmented areas on various parts of the body which varied from dark yellow to brownish; they tended to be more numerous on