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Editor's Note
November 2014

Farewell to the Evidence-Based Dermatology Section

JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(11):1220. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.1923

In December 1999, Michael Bigby, MD, introduced the Evidence-Based Dermatology Section of this journal. The purpose was to alert clinicians to important advances in dermatology by selecting articles with results most likely to be true and useful to the busy physician when making decisions about patient care. For 15 years, Dr Bigby led the section and fulfilled the mission with the support of the following assistant section editors, who have served varying terms throughout the years: Damiano Abeni, MD, Oliver Chosidow, MD, Rosamaria Corona, MD, Robert Dellavalle, MD, Daihung Do, MD, Urba Gonzalez, MD, Alexandra Kimball, MD, Paolo Pasquini, MD, Catalin Popescu, MD, Abrar Qureshi, MD, Moyses Skzlo, MD, and Hywel Williams, MD.

The editors of this section have transformed the assessment and performance of original investigations of therapy for diseases of the skin. A mark of their success is that now almost all the research and systematic review articles published in JAMA Dermatology could be published in the Evidence-Based Dermatology Section; thus, the section has fulfilled its original mission, and a separate section is no longer needed. Practicing dermatologists, researchers, and academicians, as well as the patients we study and care for, owe a debt of gratitude to the leaders of this section for having elevated the level of evidence published in the journal.

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