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November 1931


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Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, New York University NEW YORK

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;24(5):853-863. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.01450010865011

At the conclusion of the recent International Congress in Copenhagen. I made a short visit to Russia to get a glimpse of that strange country and to learn what I could about the present status of dermatology. Contrary to the prevalent idea, it was not at all difficult for an American to either enter or leave the country. I had enough letters of introduction to satisfy the most exacting official, but had no occasion to use the majority of them. These precious documents included a letter from Senator Borah, a name to conjure with in Russia, a letter from Surgeon-General Cumming, and one from a dermatologic colleague, Dr. M. Michailovsky of New York, whose advice proved to be invaluable.

The necessary plans for my visit were made at home through a representative of the so-called "Intourist" bureau of Russia. All that remained was to obtain a visa in

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