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April 1949


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;59(4):374-395. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01520290010002

THE HISTORY of dermatology is divided into epochs: ancient, medieval, Renaissance and later, and nineteenth century. The story of dermatology is unfolded by the record of the achievements of its eminent men and by the discovery and development of drugs, chemicals, vaccines, facilities for physical therapy (roentgen rays, radium and a variety of electrical procedures), vitamins, several antibiotic substances (penicillin, streptomycin, BAL [2,3-dimercaptopropanol] ) and chemotherapeutic preparations (the arsphenamine group and the several members of the sulfonamide group). These additions to the dermatologic armamentarium have completely revolutionized the practice of dermatology. Were the late Dr. James Nevins Hyde, with whom I was associated for nine years, and who died thirty-seven years ago, to appear in one's office today, he would find everything changed except for roentgen therapy, and even this has been immensely improved through better machines, tubes and facilities for measuring an accurate dosage. Improved laboratory methods have done away

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