In 1998, there was a debate in the ARCHIVES that began with an editorial by Lynch1 in which he identified changes in the field of dermatology from what he believed was a “pure” medical subspecialty to one that was more procedural. His editorial was followed shortly by a bevy of letters including comments by Swerlick and Caughman,2 Werth et al,3 Kerdel and Kirsner,4 and Rapaport.5 These letters offered additional insights into the perceived problem that might explain a declining interest in Medical Dermatology. The opinions expressed in these editorials and letters have spurred the debate about what is the exact definition of Medical Dermatology.
Callen JP, Robinson JK. Medical Dermatology Is Alive and Well. Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(7):825-826. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.7.825