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Letter From Abroad
July 2001

A Brief History of Dermatology in Iran

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(7):936-937. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-137-7-dlf10002

THE HISTORY of dermatology in Iran roughly mirrors the history of Iranianmedicine. By virtue of its rich past and later Western contributions, dermatologyin Iran has evolved into a successful, productive, and vibrant specialty.

Clinical descriptions and remedies of many diseases were documentedin ancient Persian books. A prime example is the Avesta, the religious bookof the Zoroastrians, which describes conditions such as scabies, leprosy,and vitiligo.1

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