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October 1923


Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, Temple University Department of Medicine; Dermatologist Samaritan Hospital; Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, Temple University Department of Medicine PHILADELPHIA

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1923;8(4):523-526. doi:10.1001/archderm.1923.02360160065010

Although psoriasis is one of the most common dermatoses, its specific cause and its cure are still unknown. Psoriasis has been recognized for many generations and probably existed in biblical times, yet many of the salient facts relative to this disease remain unfathomed. Great efforts have been made to discover the etiologic factor of psoriasis, resulting only in the shattering of our conception of yesterday in the light of our experiences of today. From time to time, various theories explanatory of the disease have been advanced; today we recognize three. The bacterial theory has most advocates, and to this we subscribe.

Not only do we find suggestive clinical data in psoriasis to make the bacterial conception of this disease plausible, but also the blood studies which form part of this paper add another link in the substantiation of this conception. The metabolic theory for the conquering of this disease has