The question, "Why should the dermatologist be supposed to have special qualifications as a syphilologist?" appears to be the approved form for the expression of the opinion that, in the enthusiasm for reorganizations and new starts which possesses a part of the medical world, the specialties of dermatology and syphilology, formerly supposed to be "indissolubly bound together... in a union profitable to the progress of science," should be divorced, and a new type of syphilologist created.
Is the proposed change needful or likely to be advantageous to the future welfare of medicine?
In this country, as in continental Europe, the dermatologist has been a syphilologist since these branches of medicine developed into specialties. This is not for the reason, which some pretend to believe, that the dermatologist considers syphilis to be chiefly a disease of the skin; for he has always held, with Auspitz, that the skin is a "Janus
LANE JE. THE DERMATOLOGIST-SYPHILOLOGIST IN THE UNITED STATES. JAMA. 1925;84(22):1616–1619. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660480006002
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