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December 1982

The Sutton's Texts of 1916-1975 and Etiologic Classification of Diseases of the Skin

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Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(12):1022. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650240066028

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Who else but Richard L. Sutton, Jr, would have conceived of and brought to fruition such a fascinating tome. An initial glance of this delightful collection of title pages and prefaces to the many editions of the famous Sutton Textbook and short manuals tells much of the story of 20th century dermatology. Even the interest of the nonhistorian will be piqued; he will want to consult a few of the editions to see the evolving description of and therapy for dermatologic diseases.

The Suttons, both senior and junior, produced the encyclopedic textbook of dermatology for at least two generations of dermatologists. My teachers "grew up" on Sutton and my peers often refer to the extensive references provided in the volume. If a disease can not be found elsewhere, one can still look at the Sutton book and most likely find it listed.

In the introduction to this book, the author

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