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May 1974

Dermatological Photography

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(5):735. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630050069022

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To the Editor.—  The common dermatologic practice of recording the skin lesion photographically testifies by more than 1,000 words to the value thereof. At the same time, avenues of improvement must be suggested, especially to the skin man who is afflicted with the urge to write, and cannot be restrained.Drawing on the skin produces an unalterable documentary, and all too often an unalterable artistic atrocity. I suppose the recording of reagins used in sensitivity tests by writing their identities adjacent to the patch to be helpful clinically. Yet, if a photographer is employed to take the photograph, why not an artist with a decent hand to do the writing? All photographs bearing labels in vaguely decipherable hieroglyphs should be automatically rejected for publication.Obviously, publication-proud picture puddlers need to think a little harder. The photograph hastily shot "for the record" should never be allowed to be seen elsewhere.The

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