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March 2018

A Thousand Words

Author Affiliations
  • 1The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Galveston
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(3):375. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.5355

In the 1880s, a stealthy group of men were sneaking around New York City; under the cover of night, four figures would hastily appear in front of unwary people. After a blinding flash of white light was the pitter-patter of retreating footsteps. Their activities were startling for those unlucky enough to catch the eyes of this raiding party. The intruders were Jacob Riis, Richard H. Lawrence, John T. Nagle, and Henry G. Piffard1—the same Henry G. Piffard who invented the dermal curette and was the first to use roentgen rays for treatment of skin disease. The founding editor of the journal currently known as JAMA Dermatology was roaming the streets of the Lower East Side taking photographs of unsuspecting residents.

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