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March 1976

Meeting Review

Author Affiliations

Pacific Dermatologic Association Las Vegas, Nev Oct 13 through 18, 1974

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(3):395-399. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630270061015

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Four hundred thirty members of the Pacific Dermatologic Association convened in summery Las Vegas last October under the presidency of William D. Stewart of Vancouver, British Columbia.

For the first hour of each of the five morning sessions, Elson B. Helwig conducted the now traditional Clinical Pathologic Conference, projecting color photomicrographs from 55 submitted cases and discussing the findings. A written handout gave the clinical history and findings and comments by Dr. Helwig and James H. Graham from University of California at Irvine. These conferences are a regular and extremely valuable feature of every PDA meeting.

In his president's address, Dr. Stewart spoke on "Corticosteroids, 1974." Corticosteroids act, he said, on the chromatin and cytoplasmic receptors of the cell. They have a high affinity for lymphocytes, especially T lymphocytes, on which they have a lytic effect. There is no immune suppression, however, except with massive doses of potent synthetic steroids.

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