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August 1937


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(2):344-347. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480020100016

A photographic record of each of one's patients, whether his condition is common or rare, is useful and interesting in dermatologic practice. As in cases of plastic operations, photographs taken before and after dermatologic treatment speak better than words. The one taken before treatment also acts as a good reminder of his original condition to a forgetful patient.

Clinical photography was discussed comprehensively by Fox1 in 1921 and by Davenport and Fuchs>2 in 1934. However, as described by these authors it remains just a pious desire unless plenty of room, time and assistance are available. Without trained assistance and the extra space needed by the usual bulky photographic apparatus, it cannot be carried out.

Satisfactory clinical photography, to become a routine procedure in the average office, must be done quickly and by the physician himself.

In June 1936, Knighton>3 suggested an inexpensive way of taking pictures in

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