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In the year 1869 at its annual meeting the Assembly of the American Medical Association adopted a resolution which recognized the specialties as proper and legitimate fields of medical practice. A few of the specialties were then organized into sections, but dermatology was not represented until eighteen years later. In the meantime, J. V. Shoemaker of Philadelphia read a paper on "Mechanical Remedies in the Treatment of Skin Diseases" before the Section of Practice of Medicine and Materia Medica in 1883.
In 1884 in the same section Louis A. Duhring read a paper on "Dermatitis Herpetiformis." In 1887 Henry J. Reynolds addressed the section, his subject being "A New Method of Producing Local Anesthesia of the Skin."
In the same year L. Duncan Bulkley presented two papers, one on "Infant Feeding, Especially with Reference to Subjects with Infantile Eczema" before the Section on Diseases of Children, the other on "The
CORLETT WT, BECHET PE. SECTION ON DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: ITS FOUNDATION AND EARLY YEARS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(1):45–46. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.1937.01480010049007
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