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Special Millennium Article
January 2000

An International Exchange Program for Dermatologic Research Scientists

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):96-98. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.1.96

In preparing for the new millennium, I would like to direct the attention of my colleagues to an important and significant opportunity for our specialty, a frontier that has been largely neglected. I am referring to what I would classify as Global Dermatology. If we look at the worldwide distribution of dermatologic illness, it is apparent that skin disease and vector-borne illness acquired through the skin is a source of much morbidity and mortality worldwide and of particular concern for undeveloped and underdeveloped countries of the world. The social and economic consequences of these diseases are alarming and increase yearly as the population of these countries increases exponentially. While much of the problem relates to inadequate sanitary engineering, poverty, overcrowding, malnutrition, and ignorance of preventive measures, scientific research and training of health professionals in these countries can, and will, make a difference. One only has to look at the success of programs to eradicate smallpox and poliomyelitis to realize that we can achieve success through science and training.

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