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November 1994

Are Dermatologists Greedy?

Author Affiliations

Deparment of Dermatology Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, CT 06510

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(11):1450-1451. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690110118026

Momentarily nonplussed was I by the queries ''are dermatologists greedy?...1 are doctors greedy?'' (The New York Times. March 13, 1994:1.) Only the comatose, the barely quick, and the dead could doubt that the answer is a resounding ''yes.'' Dr Ralph Crawshaw's eloquent essay, his humane and generous treatment plan for the illness of avarice, and the editorial courage that made this publication possible, deserve recognition and praise.

Greed is not limited to physicians in general or to dermatologists in particular; greed is part of the human condition; for perhaps most of mankind greed is a state of grace, cupidity a creed, avarice an avocation. Greed is not limited to ''we Americans.'' That ''the number of greedy dermatologists... [is]... less than 3%'' is a dream— the actual number is part of a nightmare.

Inasmuch as I do not condone greed just because it is common; and because I especially condemn

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