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June 1960

Biography of a Dermatological Society: The Story of the Bronx Dermatological Society During the Past Decade

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(6):992-1000. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730060108030

Although this paper deals with the accomplishments of the Bronx Dermatological Society during the past decade it is pertinent to include mention of the founders. The Society was formed Nov. 13, 1924, by the late Dr. Sam Feldman and Dr. Adolph Rostenberg (the first president). Dr. Rostenberg is memorable for his frequent practical discussions and comments on well-worked-up cases. Dr. Feldman is known for his contribution to lichen planus associated with atrophy of the scalp.1

The period of which this is written is the past decade (1948-1958) of Society activity. This report is based on personal impressions, review of the proceedings of the Society in the Archives of Dermatology & Syphilology and in the A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology, and on protocols collected at the meetings through December, 1958.

In 1946, an admission of new members instilled vigor, renewed life, and fresh enthusiasm in the Society. Some of the new members, not young in years, brought with them a wealth of knowledge gained by long experience and teaching, while others, more youthful, had the advantage of excellent modern training in the basic sciences. By 1947, membership increased to 50, and sources of supply of unusual cases from

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