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In the recording and teaching of dermatology, photographs and lantern slides have always played a large part. The one drawback has always been that the delineation had to be in shades of gray instead of the natural color of the skin, whereas differentiation of diseases of the skin often depends not only on configuration but on differences in color. It is true that hand-colored photographs and lantern slides have at times been presented and that in recent years actual color photographs have been made, by the separation method, but this has represented a large degree of technical skill and a somewhat prohibitive cost.
With the introduction of kodachrome and dufay color film and its adaptation to the small camera, the factors of both cost and technical skill rapidly became less material. The difficulties in obtaining true color rendition have been in a measure solved by the manufacture of films that
SCHILLER AE. NATURAL COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE SKIN: A NEW APPARATUS FOR PROPER ILLUMINATION. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(3):527–529. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490090079009
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