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May 1920


Author Affiliations

Lecturer in Pathology in the University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College; Adjunct Assistant Visiting Physician to Bellevue Hospital, Department of Dermatology and Syphilology NEW YORK
From the Departments of Pathology, University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, and Manhattan Maternity Hospital; Dr. Alexander Fraser, Director of Laboratories.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;1(5):491-514. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350050002001

In dermatologic practice the opportunities for postmortem investigation are infrequent and clinical observations are limited largely to a consideration of the appearances presented by lesions occurring in a single organ, the skin.

In a field thus restricted, it is not surprising to find a natural tendency among those of us who confine our activities to the dermatologic branch of medical art to overlook the importance of studying disease from the point of view of its effects on the body as a whole, and to content ourselves with the mental picture of a pathologic process obtained from the visualization of its external manifestations in one organ only, while we neglect to take into consideration the equally important pathologic changes that may be taking place in those organs or tissues which are beyond the realm of external inspection.

The case that forms the basis for this presentation serves to illustrate the importance

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