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March 1973

Dermatologic Families

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Raleigh, NC

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(3):466. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620180104040

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To the Editor.—  As a member of one of the "dermatologic families" (my mother and two first cousins are also dermatologists) and a medical family in general (father, husband, uncle, six other cousins in varying specialities), I would like to suggest an answer as to why the familial grouping of dermatologists is greater than would be expected from chance alone.For the young person in a medical family considering the choice of a career, medicine is a way of life. All other choices seem less attractive when one considers the endless intellectual challenge, the sense of purpose and fulfillment as well as the financial security which this choice will afford.Dermatology in particular is the specialty, for in it the entire panorama of medicine unfolds, in its daily contact with all other disciplines, medical as well as surgical. One senses that he will never see or know it all. The

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