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October 1972

Familial Relationships Among US Dermatologists

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(4):596-597. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620130102031

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To the Editor.—  As a result of many years of activity in dermatologic organizations, I had by 1960 become conscious that there were a number of familial groupings of dermatologists. I had the opinion that the number might be significant and perhaps in greater proportion than in other specialty groups. About that time I read an editorial comment (or an item of correspondence) in a journal of another medical specialty, wherein the writer expressed an opinion that familial groupings in his specialty (or perhaps it was only father-son combinations) were relatively few and, in his view, were disappointingly so. I then began to jot notes as I learned of "dermatologic families." The criteria for inclusion in my list have been first, at least one of the persons being a friend or acquaintance of mine; second, at least one member was American (nearly all were from the United States but fathers

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