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September 1994

Dermatologic SurgeryIts Influence on Dermatology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(9):1122-1124. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690090046005

It was perhaps 30 years ago that I attended a lecture by the famous New York (NY) University plastic surgeon, John Marquis Converse. He said he knew there was ''mischief afoot.'' Everytime he called his friendly dermatologist he was told he could not come to the telephone because he was in surgery. That prescient observation relates to this essay. I was asked to give my reflections on the impact of dermatologic surgery on our specialty, including our image and relationship with colleagues in other disciplines. Even a person with command of the obvious would conclude that this emphasis on surgery has had a profound effect. The consequence is both positive and negative.