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June 1936


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;33(6):987-993. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470120038006

Skin diseases occur on the surface of the body, where every one can see them, and few recognize them. Because of the first fact and regardless of the second, most physicians are inclined to attempt to treat them. The result is that the dermatologist is inclined to think that the field that he should regard as his is a free-for-all domain; and in a sense it is. There is never a time when one group or another is not undertaking to appropriate some part of it. Every one comes forward with new suggestions, usually therapeutic, for what he thinks is eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, acne or what-have-you.

Now it is an internist, with a leaning toward intestinal disorders, who tells dermatologists how to treat cutaneous diseases by feeding the patient, or not feeding him, or by feeding him certain things. Give more sugar or give less, cut down the

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