ON BEHALF of the cosponsoring organizations, the Committee on Cutaneous Health and Cosmetics of the American Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, I welcome you to the Symposium on Skin Diseases Common to Man and Animals. An expanding interest in comparative disease and the desirability of closer relationships between veterinary and medical fields have been prime motivations in planning this symposium.
"There is but one medicine," observed Sir William Osler. Any dividing line between veterinary and human medicine is artificial. One of the first attempts to make the knowledge of veterinary medicine available to dermatology was the Julius Heller's work, Comparative Pathology of the Skin1; he elaborated on this in Jadassohn's Handbook.2 There was a long interval until the publication of Kral and Novak's book, Veterinary Dermatology, in 1953.3 Indicative of intense, recent interest in comparative dermatology is the publication in the past four years
Orkin M. Introductory Comments. Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(4):356. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610040006002