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June 1951

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AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;63(6):781. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570060109017

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Prizes Awarded in First Annual Essay Contest of American Dermatological Association.—  Close competition marked the first annual prize essay contest sponsored by the American Dermatological Association to stimulate younger investigators to original work in the fields of dermatology and syphilology. A total of 15 manuscripts was submitted to the Research Aid Committee of the Association, which based its decisions on the following considerations: (1) originality of ideas, (2) potential importance of the work, (3) experimental methods and use of controls, (4) evaluation of results, (5) clarity of presentation, (6) historical background and (7) bibliography.The high quality of the theses made it difficult to arrange them in order of merit. In the opinion of the judges, only a few points separated the three outstanding contributions.A special award of honorable mention is therefore given to S. William Becker, Jr. for his paper on "The Dendritic Cell of the

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