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August 1959

The History of Dermatology as Depicted on Postage Stamps

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(2):171-186. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560200039004

I should like to discuss a somewhat different phase of the history of dermatology, namely, philatelic dermatology. Although I am aware that history is of interest only to those who have reached the "metal" age (i. e., gold in the teeth, silver in the hair, and lead in the pants), it is considered to be a fascinating avocation for physicians who have reached senility, an interesting "side line" for antiquarians, and a hobby for the sentimentalist. As you know, a sentimentalist is an overly emotional person to whom tears come easily. This increase of fluid is not limited to the eyes, however, since other organs, such as the bladder, may be similarily affected. Therefore, I will be most understanding if any sentimentalists find it necessary to leave the room. Because I have not quite reached this "metal" or the "sentimental" stage, my interest in the history of

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