From Arsenic to Biologicals: A 200 Year History of Psoriasis

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Garner Press, 2008 - Medical - 122 pages
Psoriasis is an ancient disease that was probably first described by Hippocrates more than 400 years BC. In the Middle Ages, psoriasis was confused with leprosy, a situation that lasted until the beginning of the 19th century when psoriasis was finally recognised as being a specific clinical entity. From Arsenic to Biologicals: A 200 year History of Psoriasis is a chronological description of how the unravelling of the mechanisms underlying psoriasis have led to a change from the empirical "try it and see" treatments of the 19th and early 20th centuries to the evidence-based treatments of the present day. The book describes the various theories proposed to explain psoriasis and the introduction of new treatments, decade by decade, throughout the 20th century. These range from the belief that psoriasis resulted from an internal metabolic disturbance in the 19th century, when arsenic was the systemic treatment of choice, through to the 21st century when the recognition that psoriasis was a disease of the immune system enabled the development and use of therapeutic biological agents. This book would be of interest to individuals with psoriasis, dermatologists or skin researchers, or anyone studying the history of medicine.
 

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A good quality book, and helpful in understanding the subject. my best wishes for success of this book. Dr.Krishna Murari Lodha. Pg in Biochemistry, J J M Medical college, Davangere-577004.Karnataka (India)

Contents

Recognition of psoriasis as a specific disease
1
Causes and treatments of psoriasis in the 19th Century
7
1900 1930
23
The 1930s
33
Prewar Germany and World War II
41
The 1950s
47
The 1960s
57
The 1970s
63
The 1980s
77
The 1990s
87
Psoriasis in literature and the media
101
The 21st Century and the Future
107
References
117
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