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November 10, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(18):530-532. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390180010001c

[Read before the Philadelphia Country Medical Society, October 17, 1883.]

Psoriasis is one of the commoner skin diseases met with in this country. The statistics of the American Dermatological Association show that it occurs in the proportion of about 6 per cent, in all diseases of the skin encountered. Daily experience would seem to indicate a still more frequent occurrence, because the affection is a disfiguring and annoying one, and therefore patients are more inclined to seek relief, and also because it is a stubborn disease and greatly prone to relapse. The history of a single case will often extend over many years, and bring it under the observation of a number of different physicians.

It is because of the comparative frequency with which psoriasis is met and its stubborness to treatment, that I have selected it as the subject of my remarks this evening. Having had a good deal

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