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November 1921


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;4(5):636-638. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350240079007

If wisdom be necessary to the solution of a problem, I am qualified for the task in psoriasis—but on the Socratic assumption that the summation of all wisdom is to know nothing at all; and yet, I presume to claim your attention because of the ancient peradventure concerning the mouths of babes and sucklings and because of the scientific axiom that progress begins with the establishment of how little we know.

That psoriasis is a problem none will question; excluding acne, which is as much a physiologic as a pathologic process, psoriasis is the most prevalent of dermatoses—at least it is so in western Massachusetts; and this, not because of its long duration, nor its tendency to recur, but in the sense of its individual incidence.

In the universality of its occurrence, as well as in the area of involvement and the multiformity of its lesions, it is unrivaled. It

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