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June 1933

The History of Dermatology.

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By William Allen Pusey, Chicago. Price, $3. Pp. 223, with 28 illustrations. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, 1932.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(6):1377. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950190219022

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This trim little volume can be perused in an evening and yet it contains an immense amount of condensed information to which one will return again and again with much profit. Pusey has a well established reputation as a pleasing writer, and his literary style enhances the sound scholarship of his matter. He has a well developed historical sense, and his introduction emphasizes that the growth of dermatology is an epitome of the evolution of modern scientific method. The first three chapters carry the reader from the earliest beginning in Egypt, thirty-five hundred years ago, to the middle of the eighteenth century. The next chapter, "Dermatology Finding Itself," treats the period from 1750 to 1825. In this age of encyclopedists it was natural that nosology was the main consideration. The attempts of Lorry, the founder of French dermatology, and Willan, the founder of English dermatology, to establish a clear definition

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