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Herman Beerman, MD, BSI

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Herman Beerman was born Oct 31, 1901 and died on Jan. 1, 1995. Dr Beerman was one of the founders of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, which established the Annual Herman Beerman Lecture in 1960. He was also a founder and early president of the American Society of Dermatopathology, and chaired the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1949 to 1967.

Dr Beerman was an eminent dermatologist and an enthusiastic Sherlockian, and he combined his two worlds by founding The Sir James Saunders Society for dermatologists who shared his enjoyment of the Canon. He was a Master Copper-Beech-Smith of The Sons of the Copper Beeches of Philadelphia, and his gentle manner and devilish wit contributed greatly to their meetings.