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August 1929

STATISTICS OF THE TEN MOST COMMON SKIN DISEASES: BASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF 973,090 PUBLISHED CASES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(2):186-188. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440020038007
Abstract

Students have always been interested in the numerical study of their problems. Compilations have been popular for many generations. Observers have published their individual accounts of the prevalence of skin diseases in their experience, and for many years reports of members of the American Dermatological Association have been compiled by Dr. S. Pollitzer. The staff at the New York Skin and Cancer Hospital has made résumés of the diagnoses recorded at that institution. It has seemed worth while to review the published reports, and to tabulate the observations limited to the ten most common conditions encountered.

I recognize that the method of compilation of the original figures is open to many objections. But it seems to me that on the whole the index of error is constant. Probably just as many cases have been omitted from any one group as have been added in error. It seems also that the

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