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November 1976

Major Contributors to American Dematology—1876 to 1926

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(ANIVERSARY):1642-1646. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630360010003

This is our centennial year! It is a time for recollection, a time for ancestral homage. To begin our tributes, I would like to take you back to the giants of American dermatology in the period 1876 to 1926. Who were they? What did they do? What legacy did they leave?

It is 1876. We are in Philadelphia celebrating our nation's centennial and the International Medical Congress is in progress. Fourteen of its participants withdraw to the University of Pennsylvania to hold the first meeting of the American Dermatological Association (ADA). It is there our spotlight falls on the man they chose to be their leader, James Clarke White (Fig 1). He is the first of the four greats I want to portray for you. Here was a remarkable man. At a time when dermatology was an inchoate, scarcely identifiable specialty, he became its first professor!

We must turn to