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May 1969

Archives of DermatologyA Genealogical Report

Author Affiliations

New York

From Cornell University Medical College, New York.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(5):536-538. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610230028005

FOUNDING of the predecessors of the Archives of Dermatology and the New York Dermatological Society are closely interwoven.

Formation of the New York Dermatological Society in 1869 was followed by publication of the first American dermatological journal in 1870 by one of its members, Dr. Morris, H. Henry. This quarterly entitled the American Journal of Syphilography and Dermatology (Fig 1) existed for three years and contained a considerable proportion of articles authored by European dermatologists, reflecting the continental training in dermatology which was then usual for American physicians who wished to receive a postgraduate education.

However, the first American dermatological journal was not far behind European publications as the world's first dermatological journal, Giornale Italiano Delle Malattie Venere e Delle Pelle, was first published in Milan in 1866. This was shortly followed by the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine in England. The German Archiv fur Dermatologie und Syphilis appeared in 1869,

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