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June 1931


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(6):1100-1101. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880240081011

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To the Editor:—  At the annual meeting of the American Dermatological Association in July, 1929, it was resolved to attempt the collection of data bearing on heredity of anomalies and diseases of the skin, and a committee was appointed for this purpose.The skin obviously lends itself particularly well to studies in heredity because the manifestations are external, and are, as a rule, well known to the members of a family. Careful reports made in accordance with the current requirements of the science may yield results of great importance in the analysis of heredity.The subject of heredity is involved in a great deal of popular misconception. It is of no value in the study of heredity to report that the patient says his father had a similar disease or anomaly. Such a statement may or may not be true. The reporter must satisfy himself by personal inspection of the

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