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June 1961

William Allen Pusey (1865-1940): In Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of His Death

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Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):984-987. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120096024

Aug. 29, 1960, witnessed the 20th anniversary of the death of the prominent American dermatologist and outstanding figure in medicine, Prof. William Allen Pusey.

Dr. Pusey has won world renown as one of the pioneers of roentgen therapy and especially as the founder of the solid carbon dioxide method of treatment for skin diseases.

William Pusey was born into the family of a physician on Dec. 1, 1865, in a small town in Kentucky. Both his father and brother belonged to the medical profession, his brother being a prominent Chicago ophthalmologist.

Pusey received an excellent education in the United States and perfected himself in dermatology in the clinics of Europe, especially in the clinics of Vienna, and later on in New York. From there he went to Chicago to start his activity as a dermatologist in 1893.

Pusey's talent, erudition, and authority won high appraisal from his contemporaries. He obtained