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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Clinics in Dermatology

Volume 24, Issue 4, July-August 2006, Pages 327-333.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2006.03.002. Copyright © Elsevier Inc.


Providing supplements to the history of dermatology bibliographic record has been a continuous project for the past four decades. When the endeavor was initiated, the original authors decided that only contributions in English and those directly related to dermatology, excluding sexually transmitted diseases as such, would be indexed.

There is the perennial question of whether such a manually created bibiliographic project has a need. The obvious answer remains yes. While Index Medicus has expanded the number of journals that are indexed, the number of dermatology publications currently included by Index Medicus is just over fifty. Granted, most of the papers of dermatologic interest are included in these journals, some contributions are to be found in non-indexed publications. In addition, many documents of an historical interest or of a biographical nature are not necessarily selected for indexing in Index Medicus.

These installments are the first since 1980 for which the late John Thorne Crissey (1924-2009) has not contributed. His knowledge of the history of dermatology and his intellectual support are greatly missed.

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