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Achievements in 50 years of public health dermatology

Fifty years ago, dermatology was a specialty concerned with infection, even in the clinics of the developed world. In the UK it had not yet fully separated from venereology and, as a medical student, one had a fair chance of seeing at least one case of syphilis, leprosy, anthrax or tuberculosis (TB) of the skin, as well as impetigo and fungal infection. By 1970, we were concerned, however, that there was no consensus on terminology, classification or prevalence and the backwardness of dermatology was acknowledged.
Dermatology in practice 2005; 13(3): 28–30
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