by Herman Beerman and Gerald Sylvan Lazarus, 274 pp, with illus, $49, Philadelphia, Beerman and Lazarus Inc, 1986
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Tradition of Excellence, by Beerman and Lazarus, was originally conceived as a history of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). However, it evolved into a broader history of American dermatology, placing emphasis on the role played by the University of Pennsylvania from the late 19th century until the present day. Dr Herman Beerman, a leading personality in American and world dermatology, has unique credentials to write such a history. A talented library researcher and a gifted historian who sifts all the essential raw data into a readable, enjoyable, and useful history, Dr Beerman himself is a personal, primary-source repository of events at the University of Pennsylvania since 1924, when he began his medical studies there.
This monograph summarizes briefly dermatology in the United States before introducing Louis Adolphus Duhring (1845-1913) and the Era of Duhring in Philadelphia from 1870, when he became professor of dermatology, until 1910, when he
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