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January 1953


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Dr. Donald M. Pillsbury, Director).

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;67(1):92-95. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540010096015

In recent years the busy dermatologist wishing to photograph clinical material in his office or clinic has often turned to a number of supposedly automatic and foolproof camera assemblies designed to eliminate the need for calculation of any kind on the part of the operator. The unsatisfactory materials with which so many dermatologic speakers and writers attempt to illustrate their work attests clearly to the inadequacy of any "automatic" device within the means of the average physician.

There are several simple methods used by professional photographers which will prove far more satisfactory, both in cost of equipment and in final results. The purpose of this paper is to outline one such procedure, a technic known as "open flash," which is suitable for both black and white and color photography, produces excellent results with a minimum of equipment, and can easily be employed by the dermatologist as an office procedure.


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