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February 1956


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AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(2):166-167. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550020066011

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To the Editor: In the Annals of Medical History, Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 427, 1917, there appeared a remarkable letter of the late Dr. Walter J. Highman. Up to 1918 Walter J. Highman used to spell his name Heimann but in 1918 he anglicized the spelling of his name to Highman.


``The Evolution of Dermatology—the impluse to specialization during the last quarter of the nineteenth century grew so strong that the intercommunicating bonds among the various fields of medicine became obscure. Dermatology suffered with the rest. The apostles of the newer creed worshipped most devoutly in Vienna at the shrine of Hebra. A scientific priesthood evolved, speaking a language incomprehensible to other physicians, and often vague enough to the anointed. A technical vulgate flourished at the expense of scientific dermatology. Thereupon, the latter entered its dark ages, but the renaissance is at hand.

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