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July 1978

Mohs: Microscopically Oriented Histographic Surgery

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Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(7):1097-1098. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640190075041

To the Editor.—  Frederic E. Mohs has given a lifetime to the development of a unique surgical treatment for invasive skin cancers. His method, originally termed chemosurgery to indicate the need for in situ zinc chloride fixation, has broadened to include all multiple fresh or fixed tissue excision techniques by which the tumor is traced to its ultimate extensions. Mohs has commented on the resultant nomenclatural difficulties1 and Leider has brilliantly editorialized on the need for linguistic2 precision. There is a reluctance to use either the simple eponym or the limiting word, chemosurgery.I would suggest that we can honor Mohs and also achieve clarity by using his name not only as an eponym but also as an acronym for his technique. Mohs would thus stand for both the innovator and the innovation: Microscopically Oriented Histographic Surgery.

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