Several observers (Pollitzer,1 Lane2 and Hazen3) have presented interesting statistical studies of the incidence of common diseases of the skin occurring among patients seen in private practice and at the dispensary. Goodman4 has published a study covering almost 1,000,000 dermatologic diagnoses made in private and clinic practice. These figures include the findings of previous observers and may be considered as accurate owing to the large number of cases studied and the length of the period covered. The tabulated results in each case reveal a strikingly close correlation between the individual diagnoses and the numerical sequence of the survey despite the age and class of the patients.
The present study, utilizing the figures of, and attendance at, our health service, represents 5,354 new diagnoses made from January 1928 to January 1936. The student group constituting the material of the study was composed entirely of men students in
ALDERSON HE, REICH A. INCIDENCE OF DERMATOSES IN A STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(1):57–61. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480010061010