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May 1933

The History of Dermatology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;51(5):816-817. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00150240175016

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That Dr. Pusey would write an interesting book was a foregone conclusion, but that he could cover the field so well in such a short work and not have a mere recitation of names, figures and facts is remarkable. The book is divided into two parts.

The first part, of 175 pages, deals with the history of dermatology from the pre-Hellenic age to the present. Ancient, medieval, and early modern dermatology is treated adequately, but most of this part is concerned with the modern phase, after 1800. The early individualistic British are exemplified by Willan and Bateman; then followed the ascendency of the French school, which grew up about the St. Louis Hospital, which in 1801 became an exclusive dermatologic institution. Alibert, Biett Gibert, Devergie and Bazin are the outstanding figures delineated. The leadership soon passed to Germany, because there medicine became a part of university organization. While earlier Germans

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