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Historical Atlas of Dermatology and Dermatologists

1st Edition

By John Thorne Crissey, Lawrence C. Parish, Karl Holubar

CRC Press

256 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Ranging from the Egypt of the Pharaohs to the present day, Historical Atlas of Dermatology and Dermatologists offers a unique insight into the history of dermatology and the influences that led to present practice. It sheds new light on the emergence of dermatology as a separate medical speciality and on some of the key players who have contributed to its development.

Arranged as an illustrated time-line this volume features an exceptional range of historical plates such as 'Molluscum contagiosum', from Thomas Bateman's Delineations of Cutaneous Diseases, 1817, an 1869 painting of ichthyosis hystrix by Carl Heitzmann, and early experiments in ultraviolet therapy by Finsen and colleagues in 1903. The authors have selected individuals representative of each era, workers who dealt seriously with the dermatologic concerns of the day, or who through their opinions or behavior project the color and ambience of the period in which they lived. They have included typical examples of the books, journals, instruments, and devices that made up the annals and paraphernalia of the speciality as it evolved.

In order to know where you are going, you have to know where you've been. The field of dermatology has been fragmented in the last 30 years. It is becoming increasingly difficult to answer the simple questions: What is dermatology and what is a dermatologist? Research dermatology, dermato-histopathology, pediatric dermatology, and the explosion of surgical techniques have all made their mark on how dermatology is practiced. Historical Atlas of Dermatology and Dermatologists explores the development of this field and where it may be going in the future.


"…should lie on your bedside table for its marvelous illustrations and its engaging biographies of dermatologists. The more detailed history of 19th century dermatology and syphilology by Crissey and Parish that I have cherished for the past 20 years also should be studied in depth."

- Charles Steffen, MD, derm101.com website

"…a marvelous book…The quantity of illustrations, considering that most of them are old ones, is amazingly good…the enthusiasm of the authors, their insightful comments, and skill with language are extraordinarily engaging. One can only hope for more from them."

- Clifton R. White, MD, derm101.com website

"There is much to fascinate and enchant any dermatologist with any sense of history…The work might best be described as a scrapbook assembled by three enthusiasts for their subject, whose love of dermatology shines through the pages. As such it is enormous fun, and would make a perfect Christmas or birthday present for your favourite dermatologist."

- Barry Monk in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

"The doyens of dermatological history have brought together a superb compilation…I will eagerly await publication of the sequel."

- J. Grahame Smith, Jr., MD, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Table of Contents



Early Observations

Eighteenth Century "Protodermatologists"

Early Nineteenth Century Dermatology: Founding of the English and French schools

The French Willanists

Early American Dermatology

Mid-Nineteenth Century Leaders

Late Nineteenth Century British Dermatology

Late Nineteenth Century Austrian Dermatology

Late Nineteenth Century German Dermatology

Late Nineteenth Century French Dermatology

Late Nineteenth Century American Dermatology

Late Nineteenth Century Italian Dermatology

Early Schools in Other Countries

Nineteenth Century Tools and Devices

Early Twentieth Century Dermatologists

Events and Discoveries

Mid-Twentieth Century Dermatologists

Events and Discoveries

Recent Times

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Dermatology