by Walter B. Shelley and E. Dorinda Shelley (18th World Congress of Dermatology, June 1992, New York, NY), 95 pp, with illus, $36, ISBN 1-8507-432-5, Park Ridge, NJ, Parthenon Publishing Group, 1992.
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Why would anyone—even a dermatologist—be interested in a century of international dermatological congresses? First, the Shelleys are master chroniclers. But this book is more than an example of their creative composition. It is a microhistory of the greats of international dermatology with the chronology of dermatologic progress from a descriptive morphologic discipline in the late 19th century to its present status, when skin and skin disease are studied scientifically with the most advanced methods of molecular biology. This is a concise survey of the birth and development of modern-day dermatology and many who made it possible—a superb summary for the acolyte of dermatologic history.
A Century of International Dermatological Congresses: An Illustrated History 1889-1992. JAMA. 1993;269(12):1571. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500120109044