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April 1943

A METHOD TO ENHANCE THE VALUE OF BIOPSIES IN DERMATOLOGIC DIAGNOSIS

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Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Arkansas Medical School LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(4):580-584. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500220118011

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Abstract

Among clinicians and pathologists alike it is only too well known that biopsies of the skin are on the whole rather unsatisfactory in furthering the diagnosis. The dermatologist, well aware of the solid foundation of his specialty in pathology, is apt to be disappointed by what he may well consider the inadequate performance of individual pathologists who are not quite up to their task. The pathologist again, accustomed to play an eminently helpful role in other clinical fields, like that of diagnosis of tumors will be keenly conscious of the fact that in many instances his efforts will not carry him beyond a mere description of changes in the tissue. These, as he well knows, are not characteristic of any one disease but may fit in with a disconcerting number of cutaneous lesions. It must be emphasized that competent pathologists will find themselves depressingly often in a situation in which

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