Pediatric dermatology has developed into a subspecialty within the past several decades. That is not to say that even the pioneer dermatologists of the 19th century did not pay attention to the “little people.” When dermatology was a much smaller specialty and when many parts of the country had few to no specialists, the pediatrician or, for that matter, the family physician, diagnosed and treated the cutaneous maladies of children. As recently as 2 decades ago, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia had 2 separate pediatric dermatology services, one in the Department of Pediatrics and another in the Department of Dermatology.
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