The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) was established in 1938, and for its first several decades, the annual meeting was held every year at the Palmer House in Chicago, Ill. The institution's principal function was to provide a face-to-face forum for the exchange of scientific information and an opportunity for its members to gain the morale boost offered by professional comradery. Armed with the latest treatment techniques, AAD members returned to their practices and universities to care for appreciative patients who rarely challenged their professional judgment. For better or worse, those simpler days will never return. The profession is under siege by government, insurers, consumer advocates, employers, and unions, who all believe that they can practice medicine. Understandably, AAD members are looking to their professional association to protect their professional interests.
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