Vital Signs

Mary Grove was suddenly shedding skin in large red patches. The loss was a threat to her life.

By Robert A. Norman|Monday, February 1, 1999
by Robert A. Norman My friend Bill Cook, a primary care physician, called me one morning. "I've admitted a patient, a 28-year-old woman," he said. "She's losing her skin. Can you come and take a look at her?" He explained that the patient, Mary Grove, had come to his office the day before, complaining that her skin had suddenly begun to peel. She felt strange--weak and tender--and her eyes and mouth felt irritated. I am a dermatologist, and from Bill's description I had a good idea of what was w...

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