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August 1937


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(2):348-354. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480020104017

No student of cutaneous diseases in England a century ago could avoid acquaintance with the name of Samuel Plumbe, who by his acute observation, original thought and forceful writings assumed a prominent place in English medicine of that day. In recent years, however, his name and works have been forgotten, although assuredly he deserves today a higher niche in the catalog of dermatologists than fame has given him. He flourished in the period immediately following that of Willan and Bateman, and while he was not equal in stature to those giants, he was undoubtedly the most important and significant member of the group of minor prophets of cutaneous medicine that arose in the decades after Bateman's death (1821). It may be that Plumbe's close juxtaposition to Willan and Bateman has resulted in an inevitable distortion and dwarfing of historical perspective, to the end that his name has lapsed into oblivion