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JAMA Dermatology a Century Ago
July 2013

Dr Isadore Dyer

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(7):780. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.4002

Isadore Dyer was truly a natural born leader. The example was set by his father, also named Isadore, who was a prominent citizen of Galveston, Texas. Indeed, the first Jewish religious services in Galveston were held in a specially built room in the Dyer family home. Isadore Jr’s earliest education was in Galveston. He then prepped in Virginia and earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale where he was the lone student in his class (Sheffield, 1887) to hail from the Lone Star State. He began his medical studies at the University of Virginia, where he was instrumental in starting that school’s college yearbook, Corks and Curls. A year later, he transferred to Tulane, where he received his doctorate in 1889. Isadore interned at New York’s Skin and Cancer Hospital then spent a year visiting the famous skin departments in London and Paris. He briefly practiced in his home town but soon returned to New Orleans.

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