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August 19, 1916


Author Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of California Medical School SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(8):551-552. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590080001001

The tendency in a number of medical schools is to place dermatology in the elective group of the curriculum; in others, the tendency is to decrease the number of required hours, thus conforming too closely to the minimum amount of time allotted by the schedule of the Association of American Medical Colleges, namely, forty-five hours. If there is any special branch of medicine which should be required, it is dermatology.

If the student intends to become a general practitioner, to confine his interest to special branches or to enter public health work, a course in dermatology and syphilography extending over at least sixty hours is absolutely essential. It is certainly unwise to graduate a student who cannot differentiate syphilitc lesions from those of a similar type, or who cannot recognize the present mild form of variola and other exanthems.

General practitioners should be able to recognize and successfully treat ordinary

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