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March 1998

The Future of Medical Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(3):358-360. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.3.358

IT IS impossible to divide dermatology cleanly into medical and surgical compartments inasmuch as there are few if any dermatologists who practice exclusively at either end of the spectrum. In fact, this continuum of involvement has led us to a position similar to that of ophthalmologists wherein we have now become recognized as the most appropriate caregivers for all aspects of skin disease. It is abundantly clear, however, that there is an ongoing trend toward greater procedural activity among our younger practitioners. It is this trend that leads to the examination of the future of medical dermatology. In considering what the future holds for medical dermatology, however, I would like to acknowledge, and emphasize, that good has accrued to our specialty through this increased emphasis on skin surgery.