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Special Millennium Article
January 2000

The Beach of Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):60-61. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.1.60

On a recent kayaking trip on the lower portion of the Queen Charlotte Islands off the west coast of British Columbia, I was struck by the relentless pounding of the beach by the ocean breakers coming from the orient (Figure 1). The degree of change they caused impressed me. Like a crazed monster, they repeatedly stirred, cauldron-like, portions of the shore. Every so often, an enormous wave crashed onto the coast, as if to say "you ain't seen nothing yet." And all this with a cacophony of smashing sounds. This repeated attack of the beach by the breakers suggested to me an analogy with the outlook for dermatology in the year 2000 and beyond.

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