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As a result of the efforts of a group of dermatologists working enthusiastically for three years beginning in 1962, a national voluntary health agency called the Dermatology Foundation came into being in 1965. Since its inception, the foundation has stressed the union of everyone in our relatively small specialty for the common purpose of advancing dermatology. The foundation is concerned, not with special interests, not with the "gown" as opposed to "town," but with the well-being of the patient with a skin disease. The "old guard" and the "young Turks," the Eastern establishment and the Western pioneers, the South and the Midwest, indeed all of us have joined together toward the common goal of improved dermatologic care. We shall achieve this goal only by helping one another and by pooling our efforts and our resources.
Generosity and Enlightened Self-Interest of American Dermatologists
The Dermatology Foundation has been able to develop
Fitzpatrick TB. Presidential Address for the Dermatology Foundation. Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(1):35-37. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620160007001