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April 6, 1901


Author Affiliations

Consulting Genito-urinary Surgeon to the City Hospital; Consulting Dermatologist to the Randall Island and Other Hospitals; Attending Surgeon, Department of the Skin, Good Samaritan Dispensary; Member of the American Dermatological Association, Etc. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(14):938-940. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470140008001c

The statement has recently been made that nothing further is to be learned from the clinical side of study in dermatology, and that all progress in this direction must come from effort to exhaust the possibilities of bacteriology and histology.

Granting that the preponderance of recent advances have been due to the finer scientific explorations with the aid of instruments of precision, and that this must continue to be the case, still, I can not believe that the clinical field has been exhausted. If it were not as true as it would seem to be that there is nothing new beneath the sun, the proposition that clinical discoveries are at an end might be successfully defended. Fortunately or unfortunately, we are prone to forget and are misled as to facts, once perhaps known and their importance appreciated. Rediscoveries must be made before we either learn of or come to realize

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