The British Journal of Dermatology publishes original articles on all aspects of the biology and pathology of the skin. Originally the Journal, founded in 1888, was devoted almost exclusively to the interests of the dermatologist in clinical practice. However, the rapid development, since the 1950s, of research on the physiology and experimental pathology of the skin has been reflected in the contents of the Journal, which now provides a vehicle for the publication of both experimental and clinical ethical research and serves equally the laboratory worker and the clinician. To bridge the gap between laboratory and clinic the Journal publishes reviews of recent advances in such aspects of dermatology as laboratory research, contact dermatitis, therapeutics and drug reactions. Other regular features include concise communications, case reports, book reviews, correspondence, news and notices, and selected society proceedings.