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France is considered to be one of the birthplaces of dermatology. The first and fourth World Congresses were held at Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, in 1889 and 1900. They took place in the wax museum of Hôpital Saint-Louis, which houses a unique collection of "moulages" (wax models) of skin diseases from France and other parts of the world.
Today, dermatology remains a very active and well-recognized speciality, with approximately 2300 practicing dermatologists and 35 university clinical departments.
Scientific communications in dermatology are under the responsibility of many active scientific societies. The most prominent, La Société Française de Dermatologie, is responsible for publishing Les Annales de Dermatologie and for the organization of several national meetings. The most important national meeting is Les Journées Dermatologiques de Paris, which is well known for the quality of its clinical presentations. The first Journées Dermatologiques de Paris was organized in 1961. Today, more than 2500 participants
Dubertret L. Dermatology in France. Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(11):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680210085013