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October 1995

The Greed of Dermatologists-Reply

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2525 NW Lovejoy Portland, OR 97210

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(10):1205-1206. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690220113024

Dr Burr's letter tops a growing pile from other dermatologists with the apparent intention of beating me into the shape of a dead horse. So much righteous anger makes my question, ''Are dermatologists greedy?'' sound like a professional transgression.

Thank you for your invitation to visit Boise, Idaho, and spend a day judging your level of greed and/or generosity firsthand. As I tried to make clear in my article, I am not the one to judge dermatologists; only dermatologists should judge dermatologists.

I have no animus toward dermatologists and am most grateful for the services of dermatologists who regularly help me in my struggle to survive. One correspondent suggested that dermatologists deny treatment to those who question them. I hope that never happens.

You are not the first to point out that I am not in a position to judge dermatologists and, like others, you ask what I am doing

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