The interesting history of psoriasis

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Sermon: Healing a Leper Mark 1:40-45

Sermon: Healing a Leper Mark 1:40-45

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Many patients that I newly diagnose or treat for psoriasis think that psoriasis is an uncommon condition.
In reality, psoriasis has been described for over 2,000 years.  In the Old Testament, psoriatics and lepers were grouped together and rejected from the community.  Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine (460- 377 BC), also grouped psoriasis and leprosy as the same skin condition.  In 1313, the Emperor Philip the Fair ordered psoriatics burned at the stake as he considered them to be in the same category as lepers and witches.   It wasn’t until 1841 that the physician Hebra clinically separated psoriasis from leprosy.
We now know that over 2% of the world’s population suffers from psoriasis. In the US and Canada, the incidence of psoriasis is estimated to be 4.6 -4.7% of the population.  There is no reason to be ashamed if you or a loved one suffer from psoriasis!
I have had many patients who believe that nothing can be done for psoriasis. These poor patients have lived with the itching, flaking, and embarrassment for years.
I am inviting patients and friends to an informational session on the basics of psoriasis and the revolutionary Xtrac laser treatment.  This free seminar will be at the Tareen Dermatology Roseville office on Wednesday, June 5th from 5-7 pm.  Learn about psoriasis and various treatment options.  Please RSVP to  We look forward to seeing you!
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