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November 1990

Dermatology in the German Democratic Republic

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Department of Dermatology Humboldt University Schumannstrasse 20/21 1040 Berlin, Germany

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(11):1491-1492. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670350105018

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When, on December 2, 1990, West and East Germany elect a joint parliament and East Germany, which is still officially designated as the "German Democratic Republic," accedes to the Federal Republic of Germany, German political and national unity will be a definitive fact. From then on—or perhaps even earlier—only one Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (German Dermatological Society) will exist.

The Gesellschaft für Dermatologie (Society for Dermatology) of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) will be holding its 10th Congress in Dresden, East Germany at the end of October. This will, at the same time, be its last congress. I am pleased to comply with the kind request made by the editors of this journal to contribute a letter on dermatology in the GDR. Actually, this letter has something of the character of an obituary notice, yet it should not be understood as an obituary notice, for the clinics and universities continue to

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