Author's Note: What follows is a slight modification of my presidential address to the Society for Investigative Dermatology in April 1996. At the time, I offered a brief assessment of the state of the specialty. Given the direction American medicine has take in the intervening 4 years, and having been near the center of the maelstrom that continues to buffet one academic medical center (my own, which is Stanford), I can only reassert that the convictions I held in 1996 are more not less valid now.
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