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June 1955

A Dermatological Point of View

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(6):679-683. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540300001001

According to best anthropologic information, human beings have been equipped with skin since their first appearance on this earth. Whatever predictable or unpredictable changes may have occurred in the physical attributes of man many thousand millennia from now, human beings in all probability will still be encased in some form of skin. It is also probable that the outer organ of the human body will continue to be subject to morbid changes due to both internal and external causation. In spite of the fact that it has always been the purpose of physicians to practice their art so well that they will wipe out the reasons for their own existence, we feel that the art and science of the dermatologist is here to stay.

We know that the Cro-Magnon medicine man and his fellow practitioners in the primitive cultures of the world held the theory that disease

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