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Medical News & Perspectives
April 21, 1999

Sunscreen, In-Office Dispensing, Surgery Debated at Annual Dermatology Meeting

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JAMA. 1999;281(15):1363-1364. doi:10.1001/jama.281.15.1363

New Orleans—Are sunscreens being oversold? Is it ethical to market nonprescription products in the dermatologist's office? How much emphasis should be placed on medicine vs surgery in the dermatology residency?

By conferring a false sense of security, sunscreen use may encourage longer stays in the sun, said Mark Pittelkow, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, speaking in a session on current controversies in dermatology at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) here in March.

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