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
Kohn SR, Arndt KA. Are Dermatologists Greedy?. Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(11):1450-1451. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690110118026