Dermatology: A Short History

Have you ever wondered about the history and origins of dermatology? Practices of dermatology dates back to the times of Cleopatra and the Egyptians. Egyptians used arsenic on the skin in order to kill cancer. The Egyptians were also known to use salt, animal oils, alabaster, and sour milk that would have the effect of improving the appearance of their skin, while Cleopatra was known for taking milk baths and using the benefits of lactic acid for smoother and softer skin. During the era of the Greeks and Romans, a mixture of frankincense, pumice, tree resin, and myrrh was used to smooth wrinkles, lighten the skin, as well as remove freckles. Other areas in Europe and Asia had other practices ball with the same results of smoother skin and other dermatologic effects. For more information about dermatology and skin cancer services in your local area, you might search for something like “skin cancer surgery lincoln ne.”

Geronimo Mercuriali of Forli was able to complete “On the Diseases of the Skin” in 1572, which would later be known as the first work of scientific nature in relation to dermatology. Another essential member who helped bring dermatology into the modern era was Jean Astruc, also known as the founder of modern dermatology who aided Geronimo in the compilation “On the Diseases of the skin.” Before we knew it, there was also a school dedicated to the practice of dermatology in 1801 at the Hospital Saint-Louis in Paris.

As time passed and we reach the late 1800s, there were a variety of chemicals that were used to smooth facial wrinkles and scars in dermatology. Chemicals such as trichloracetic acid peels and alpha-hydroxy acids became popular in the 20th century in the world of dermatology. One major improvement in dermatology was the process of smoothing out scars. During the ancient Egyptian time period of 1500 B.C., Egyptian Physicians were known to use sandpaper for the process of smoothing scars, however this practice was improved upon in the 1900s when dermatologists would not only use sandpaper but also motorized dermabrasion to smooth out and rejuvenate the skin. Another practice that was also improved upon was the use of light in relation to skin disease. The ancient Egyptians were able to treat certain skin disorders by using natural sunlight, while european physicians were able to use sunlight to treat eczema and psoriasis in the 18th and 19th centuries. These practices would later be the basis for the use of lasers for skin care and treatment that began in the 1950s.

Today, if you have hopes of becoming a dermatologist you need to have completed high school as well as a bachelor’s degree preferably in a science or chemistry. From there you would need to be accepted into and complete the medical school with a focus in dermatology. Afterwards, one must become eligible by the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the American Board of Dermatology for Board Certification.

Whether you are just curious about the history of dermatology or you have hopes of one day performing skin cancer surgery, please take the time to look up more information.