The cutaneous affections of childhood, while only a part of the whole field of dermatology, and while of the same pathologic character as in adults, are still sufficiently different in their etiology, symptomatology and therapeutics to deserve a more individual consideration than they are given. Whatever notice is taken of them now in the dermatologic text-books is limited and widely scattered and for their connected study the reader might almost find more information in the treatises on pediatrics.
The subject is too large to be covered thoroughly and systematically in a short paper. For this reason only a few points appertaining directly to cutaneous affections of childhood will be taken up in a general way and promiscuously.
Skin diseases, especially of the acute type, occur proportionately more frequently in children than in adults. The reason for this is not far to seek. Local and general conditions combine to reduce the
SCHALEK A. CUTANEOUS AFFECTIONS OF CHILDHOOD. JAMA. 1913;61(3):176–178. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350030016006
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