I am a dermatologist presently practicing in Ontario, Ore, and Meridian, Idaho. I just finished reviewing the February 1994 issue of the Archives. I am pleased to see that people's consciences have been pricked by your article.1 The question, ''Are dermatologists greedy?'' not only caused me to think but also caused the Boise Valley (Idaho) Dermatology Society to think about economics as well.
Dr Crawshaw, I do not disagree with your thesis regarding greed. Not only are physicians in America (in my mind) greedy, I think Americans as a whole are greedy people. As I look at our society, I see greed everywhere. Commercialism at Christmas is the obvious example. Your question, ''Are dermatologists greedy?'' is a question of proportion. I do not feel that they are any greedier than those in any other profession, including psychiatry.
Now I have a couple of questions for you, Dr Crawshaw. Have
Burr RD. The Greed of Dermatologists. Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(10):1205. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690220113023