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Issues in Dermatology
July 2000

Banish the Restrictive Covenant!

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(7):833-834. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.7.833

Over three decades ago, I left academic life and sought a place to practice dermatology privately. I found what I thought was a pleasant community in which I could live happily with my family. It was unnerving to me, however, when a well-established internist in that community (who had little to lose economically by my presence there) warned me that I would "starve to death." It was sobering to hear his remark and particularly so for one with a spouse and infant for whom a keen sense of responsibility was felt. Nevertheless, I took a deep breath and jumped in! Fortunately I was welcomed and treated kindly by the lay and medical communities, including the cautioning internist.