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The special issue you have in your hands is an extraordinary event.
It marks the 100th birthday of dermatology as a specialty in America.
It brings a sense of occasion, the American Dermatological Association centennial.
It rises to the larger vantage of history.
It records the state of the science of dermatology today.
Such a special issue is unique and one to be treasured, but one made possible only by the largesse of the patrons we have listed. Our deep thanks go also to John Epstein and his editorial board for their enthusiasm in bringing this to you. Finally, our gratitude extends to the speakers for turning the transience of their spoken word into the permanence of this written record.
Let us turn now to the pages of the program to share with you some of the excitement of this centenary. We begin by dining with
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