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October 16, 1954

Modern Trends in Dermatology (Second Series)

JAMA. 1954;156(7):750. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070078029

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The purpose of this series is to keep medical readers abreast on latest developments in specific fields. As in the first volume, the editor has done a fine job in selecting both topics and authors. A few short chapters written by those who contributed most to the subject matter are indeed classics, such as the chapters on cutaneous sensibility by Weddell, on the blood factor in lupus erythematosus by Haserick, and on cytodiagnosis in dermatology by Tzanck and Melki. Other chapters have more the character of detailed review articles and are written by actively practicing clinical scientists. In his chapter on cutaneous tuberculosis, Dowling, who was responsible for the development and study of the mechanism of calciferol therapy in lupus vulgaris, discusses the mechanism and significance of attenuation of the tubercle bacillus and possible relationship between different clinical manifestations and tissue immunity. He also presents a concise picture of our

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