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Special Millennium Article
January 2000

Professionalism and Medical Ethics in Dermatology—2000

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.1.101

It is fascinating to reflect on the extraordinary number of changes dermatology has witnessed in years past, among them new diagnostic techniques, new therapeutic agents, and even new organisms such as the human immunodeficiency virus to challenge us. At the same time, it is reassuring to consider some important basic principles in medicine that have not changed during the past years because they are immutable. I am referring specifically to the principles of professionalism and medical ethics that have offered guidelines and standards for physicians from the time of Hippocrates. I feel confident that these principles will continue to provide moral ballast for physicians in years to come. In the busy world of medicine today, it is valuable to pause for a moment and to consider the importance of professionalism and medical ethics in our daily lives.