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August 1960


Author Affiliations

New York University Post-Graduate Medical School Department of Dermatology and Syphilology 550 First Avenue New York 16

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(2):276-277. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580020118033

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To The Editor:—  The paper, "Dermatological Nomenclature," by S. W. Becker, which was delivered before, and discussed by, an exclusive audience is now (A.M.A. Arch. Dermat. 80:778 [Dec.] 1959) in the realm of general debate. I would like to make some points.Assuming that a standardized nomenclature of skin diseases is desirable and feasible, how can it be achieved if we do not have a complete dictionary of all dermatologic words, terms, and phrases in current use? It is even necessary for reference to have a record of the terminology of the past in such a repository because one never knows if and when the value of a word vanishes completely. There are agents who could produce such a work but there are no agencies wise enough or rich enough to support the production of it. Nothing points up the absolute desideratum of a specialized dermatologic dictionary as the mistakes

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