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September 1950

SCIENTIFIC WORK OF PAUL GERSON UNNA: In Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of His Birth

Author Affiliations

Instructor in Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine SPRINGFIELD, MASS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(3):351-361. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530160003001

SEPT. 8, 1950, one hundred years will have passed since Paul Gerson Unna, one of the great dermatologic masters, was born. This date is most appropriate for the honoring of the memory of a great genius who, through his fundamental and elaborate work, helped to build a safe and lasting foundation for the recognition of dermatology within medical science and who, through his painstaking studies, made many important contributions to the specialty.

It will be to Unna's everlasting credit to have been the first dermatologist who, from the beginning of his career, tried to link together clinical aspects, etiology, histology and therapy of skin diseases. He was the founder of dermatology as a branch of the exact natural sciences and the creator of modern dermatopathology and dermatotherapy. He early recognized that only a biologic conception of skin diseases could lead to real dermatologic science.

Although many of the discoveries

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