Historical perspectives on atopic dermatitis: Eczema through the ages

Tanya Bhattacharya, Mark A. Strom, Peter A. Lio*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Throughout history, individuals have had a myriad of dermatologic conditions characterized as chronic pruritic dermatoses. The term atopic dermatitis was not coined until the early 20th century. Many diseases typical of this condition were reported using a variety of eponyms and descriptive terms. Even as the incidence of atopic dermatitis rises, it remains poorly understood in the modern era, and viewing the disease from a historical perspective provides useful insight into its nature. This article highlights the evolution of concepts related to the pathogenesis of and recommended treatments for atopic dermatitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-379
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dermatology


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