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June 1966

White Spots in Biblical Times: A Background for the Dermatologist for Participation in Discussions of Current Revisions of the Bible

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From the Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(6):744-753. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600240110023

Discussions of various religions in current revisions of the Bible should be of interest to dermatologists, for these discussions include reviews of the biblical concept of leprosy. Unfortunately, terms now suggested as substitutes for "leprosy," often considered in the Bible as a moral sin, include "affections of the skin" and even "psoriasis." The background of this ancient controversy is presented as regards the significance of white spots, the influences of ancient Greek medicine, current plans of some religions, and recommendations.

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