Indian Journal of Dermatology
: 2021  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 174--178

Dermoscopy saga – A tale of 5 centuries

Jeta Buch1, Sebastian Criton2 
1 Department of Dermatology, GCS Medical Colleg, Hospital and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Thrissur, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Jeta Buch
Deptartment of Dermatology, GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The origin of dermoscopy can be traced back to the middle of the modern age and Borel's discovery (1655 – 1656) laid the foundation stone with important contributions from Ernst Karl Abbe, Unna, Muller, Saphier and others. However, the work done by Dr. Ronald Mackie (1971) for the early detection of melanoma marks the peak. The entire journey of evolution was eventful. This article is a brief overview on the history of dermoscopy and the contribution of various scientists leading to emergence of dermoscopy as an independent, dynamic field today.

How to cite this article:
Buch J, Criton S. Dermoscopy saga – A tale of 5 centuries.Indian J Dermatol 2021;66:174-178

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Buch J, Criton S. Dermoscopy saga – A tale of 5 centuries. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 30 ];66:174-178
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