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July 4, 1931

DERMATOLOGYITS PAST, ITS PRESENT, ITS FUTURE CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

JAMA. 1931;97(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730010005001
Abstract

Dermatology evolves itself thus for a presentation:

Historically, it is divided into—

  • Ancient: Egyptian, Hindoo, Jewish, Greek and Roman.

  • Medieval: Persian and Arabian.

  • Modern: French, English, German and American.

  • The future: Who knows?

Characteristically and clinically, the past concerned itself with the morphology and color and was kaleidoscopic.

The present concerns itself with the microscope and with pathology and is indefinite.

The future will concern itself with the laboratory and chemistry and will be definite.

Ancient dermatology is shrouded and obscure and its origin is to be found in Egypt, Persia, India and among the Jews, then successively up through the Greeks, Romans and Arabians and up to the more recent times of Willan, Bateman, Biett, Rayer, Hebra and Kaposi in England, France, Austria and Germany. In ancient times, little was said of the skin. This is rather remarkable, as the easiest organ to describe was absolutely ignored, probably as

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