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These two volumes recall vividly a superb conference, the 15th Congress of French Speaking Dermatologists, whose scientific sessions they report. Although dermatologists from France dominate the association and the congress, both numerically and politically—as one would suppose—the congresses are truly international. The Fifteenth Congress held in Geneva in May 1973 was attended by hundreds of dermatologists from the French-speaking countries and by many French-speaking dermatologists from non-French speaking countries. Only two US dermatologists attended, confirming the well-known, if lamentable, fact that we are not a nation of linguists.
Professor Laugier, his colleagues, and the Swiss meteorologists conspired to produce five marvelous sunny days and balmy evenings filled with good and bad papers, politics, an excellent clinical session at the Cantonal Hospital, and, best of all, social and gastronomic events to stimulate and satisfy the most avid Francophile.
The scientific sessions reported in these two volumes concentrate on the toxic dermatoses
Drake TE. I. Toxidermies. Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(4):543–544. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630160133033
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