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January 1976

Dermatology in India

Author Affiliations

From New York University College of Medicine, the International Society of Tropical Dermatology, and the Foundation for International Dermatologic Education, New York.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(1):93-97. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630250053017

This is a report of my observations of the present dermatologic conditions in India. It is based on voluminous notes taken during a visit, at my own initiative and expense, in February 1975. During that time, I visited seven cities and a dozen teaching institutions and had many conversations with leading dermatologists. My purpose is to give a comprehensive view of the problems faced by our Indian colleagues in the universities and in private practice.

This report shows some interesting variations in the patterns of skin diseases observed in India as compared with those encountered in Western countries. It also shows that the problems faced by teachers and researchers are the same all over the World. However, they are much more pressing in a developing and overcrowded country.

It is hoped that, through a better understanding of the problems, needs, and aspirations of colleagues in India, Western dermatologists will become

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