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Special Millennium Article
January 2000

Dermatology in the New Millennium: Not Dark Yet . . .

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):34-36. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.1.34

Human beings have a pathologic propensity to celebrate recurrences. We are given to thinking of time in terms of months and years, and welcome each new year with parties, drinks, paper hats, festoons, firecrackers, and all those amenities typically belonging to every New Year's Eve celebration. Although, in my opinion, this peculiar fascination with anniversaries is one of the many signs of the insanity of our species, I must admit that, compared with other human inclinations and superstitions, there is no real harm in it. On the contrary, there can even be something positive about celebrating recurrences. For reasons that are obscure to me, at the beginning of a new millennium we feel forced to look back critically at our past and to make new plans for the future. It is with great pleasure, therefore, that I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this issue of the ARCHIVES with some thoughts and reflections on our profession and attempt to predict what shape it will take in the future, judging from how it has changed in the past.