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A famous Indian medicine man once stated categorically that "I don't fool around with no warts. There's more serious diseases to be worked on than warts." While many dermatologists heartily concur, virologists, molecular biologists, and cancer experts are looking at the wart virus as a potential probe to investigate transformation of human epidermal cells into benign hyperplasias called warts and into potentially malignant lesions of epidermodysplasia verruciformis. Because of this interest a small group of wartologists met in cold, dank Lyon in December 1975, where they were immeasurably warmed by the gracious hospitality, excellent food, and very stimulating and often speculative discussions. Fortunately the deliberations of the august group were recorded in a large paperback book edited by Michel Prunieras and available gratis on a first come, first served basis by writing to Dr Renee Triau in care of the Institut Merieux, 17, Rue Bourgelat, Lyon, France 69002.
Epstein WL. Biomedical Aspects of Human Wart Virus Infection. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(4):529. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640040137038