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March 1973

The Case for State Dermatological Societies

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Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(3):351-352. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620180005001

The role of medicine's specialty societies has undergone considerable change in recent years and the transformation is probably still incomplete. Initially almost purely educational in scope, the broadened purpose of these societies now includes a most important representative function, permitting effective physician cooperation with government and the public in matters of health care. Although our oldest representative organizations, the American Medical Association and the state and county medical societies, have and still are providing this service, such organizations are not specialist-oriented and not all specialties are served equally or well. Moreover, the great growth of the specialties over the years has strengthened specialty societies and, in most instances, steadily weakened the specialty sections of the AMA and state and county societies. In some states, such as Pennsylvania, specialty sections of the state medical society were eventually disbanded in favor of a more general organization.1

Dermatology is currently served by

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