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December 1959

Contributions by Dermatology to the Progress of Medicine

Author Affiliations

Durham, N.C.

From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Medical Center.

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(6):649-662. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560240001001

This attempt at listing some fundamental contributions by dermatologists and dermatologic laboratories to the progress of medicine generally, is made to point up the influence of dermatology as a scientific specialty that it is. This admittedly incomplete survey will unquestionably do a grave injustice to many noteworthy contributors. Had I not committed myself to this task of compiling data and had I not received helpful suggestions from many of you, I should long ago have abandoned the idea.

However, I feel so strongly that dermatology and dermatologists have, on occasion, been unjustly maligned and not given proper recognition that this effort seems justified. Errors of omission and errors of commission may be numerous, but none will be intentional.

Recognizing the inadequacy of a personal and somewhat prejudiced evaluation of what may constitute a real or significant contribution, this summary is an attempt to catalogue

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