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September 2006

Dermatology as a Field for Original Research

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Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(9):1108. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.9.1108

By M. B. HARTZELL, M. D., Philadelphia.

Address by the President. Presented at the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the American Dermatological Association, Cleveland, O., May 31, 1906.

The most superficial review of the dermatological literature of the past two or three decades—and I now refer to the literature as found in the journals devoted to cutaneous medicine, since this may be taken as representing the work done by the specialist—will show that certain fields of research have been almost, if not entirely, neglected, and that, in some instances at least, what seems to me a disproportionate amount of time and energy have been devoted to trivial affections. As an extreme example of what I mean by the latter statement, I may refer to a paper published a few years ago by a distinguished foreign dermatologist, in which no less than sixty solid pages of a well-known journal were given to the discussion of the removal of superfluous hairs by electrolysis.

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