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August 5, 1922

THE NEEDS AND DUTIES OF DERMATOLOGY

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SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1922;79(6):419-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640060001001
Abstract

As prelude to a strictly scientific program, it seems fitting that the chairman's address should deal with some of the more general considerations which concern dermatology as a specialty. There are many topics deserving of careful thought, but nothing is more timely, perhaps, than a résumé of our needs and duties.

In a general sense, our greatest need is efficiency, and our paramount duty is service. Efficiency and service are closely related, because the greater our efficiency, the greater our capacity for service.

The question of efficiency should interest us with respect to both immediate and future requirements. It were well that we plan somewhat for the dermatology of tomorrow, even while seeking to better that of today.

We must all be aware of the growing sentiment toward standardization in the specialties. We have been, and we are now, living in an age of self-styled specialists. The specialist is as

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