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August 1968

A Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of the Skin

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Mo

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(2):202-203. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610140100023

"A Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of the Skin" by Dr. Gordon C. Sauer appeared in the May issue of theArchiveswithout the following discussion.—ED

Donald H. Birmingham, MD: It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Gordon Sauer into the American Dermatological Association and, further, to compliment him on his efforts toward developing a guide for evaluating cutaneous impairment. It is, indeed, interesting how several of the papers this year are interwoven with the subject of evaluating skin disease directly or indirectly.

It might appear on first thought that devising a formula or guide line for evaluating cutaneous disease would be relatively simple; however, after giving some thought to the many aspects of cutaneous assay, I believe you will concur that the task is one of complexity.

As Dr. Sauer indicated, the AMA Committee on Rating Mental and Physical Impairment, through its various subcommittees, has established

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