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June 13, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(24):1621-1625. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490240001001

THE MODERN CONCEPTION OF ECZEMA.  CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON CUTANEOUS MEDICINE AND SURGERY AT THE FIFTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT NEW ORLEANS, MAY 5 TO 8, 1903.J. A. FORDYCE, M.D.NEW YORK.In comparing the views of modern dermatologists as to the types of inflammation of the skin which should be classed as eczemas, one is met with the most discordant opinions. Hebra undoubtedly accomplished a great service for dermatology in simplifying its nomenclature. His enormous clinical experience and power of observation enabled him to recognize that conditions which had before his time been called distinct diseases were in reality but different stages or phases of the same affection.The modern tendency seems to be to break away from the extreme view of Hebra that all superficial catarrhal inflammations of the skin caused by irritants are eczemas. We are told that when the

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