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July 1958

Dermatology's Debt to Dermatohistopathology

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(1):1-8. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560070003001

Dermatologists owe a great debt to those in their ranks who initiated and pursued the microscopic study of skin diseases.

All phases of knowledge about skin diseases have greatly advanced and kept pace with the progress of medicine, but "lest we forget" I should like to review the development of the science of dermatopathology, pay tribute to some of its founders and to those who have contributed so much to elevate the microscopic evaluation of dermatoses, illustrate some of the more important specific accomplishments, and appraise the indebtedness.

Historically, the development of our knowledge of dermatohistopathology may be considered to have begun with the discovery of the microscope, although naming a single point in time is an arbitrary matter, history being a continuum. Thus, one might say that dermatopathology began with the Greeks, when Hippocrates, in 460 B. C., declared that disease arose from

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