IT HAS BEEN traditional for professional men, or for men associated in any similar enterprise, to associate themselves in order to discuss their common problems. The number of individuals so involved may initially be small and an organization with limited membership may serve as a forum, for each member present speaks for his community or the institution with which he is associated. Initially, in this country, dermatologists were limited to larger cities and they tended to associate themselves with medical schools in their communities to teach the principles concerned in the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous disorders. The ensuing years brought an increase in population, in the number of physicians, and an unexpected increase in the number of specialists in all branches of the healing arts.
The need for an organization with unlimited membership was brought to the attention of the American Dermatological Association by Dr. Howard Fox of
Sams WM. The American Academy of Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(2):147-149. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610020039009