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December 1963


Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(6):688-690. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590240012002

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Dr. Beerman, in his excellent foreword to this Festschrift issue of the Archives of Dermatology, has reviewed Dr. Pillsbury's brilliant career in a very complete manner. It is my privilege to elaborate on one of the numerous facets of his professional life, namely, his military service during World War II.

Dr. Pillsbury's membership on the Committee of Medicine of the National Research Council, the Civilian Advisory Board to the Armed Forces, and his academic responsibilities as a senior teacher and investigator were more than adequate reasons for exempting him from military duty. Indeed, the University of Pennsylvania had placed him in the "essential" category long before the United States declared war. However, his visits to Army training camps during 1941 convinced him that cutaneous diseases constituted a most important cause of disability and loss of man-days, and it was evident that the Army had not made plans to cope with

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