WITH THIS special issue of the Archives of Dermatology devoted to topics in dermatologic surgery, we reach a milestone in our 108 years of publication. Just as our specialty has been transformed from years of being steeped in infectious disease and syphilology, now the world of dermatology has broadened to include sophisticated skin procedures to cure disease and enhance overall health. While opinions may vary about the prominence that dermatologic surgery should have in our specialty, it is now a matter of fact that the majority of dermatologists perform dermatologic surgery as a key and integral part of their practice. It is also true that dermatology has been recognized broadly for its innovations in procedural dermatology, including efficient and conservative management of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer, and aspects of aesthetic dermatology, including hair transplantation, laser surgery, and liposuction. Acknowledging the importance of dermatologic surgery in the professional lives of our readers does not in any way diminish the underpinnings of general dermatology. The keystone of our specialty is medical dermatology and the quality scientific investigation that underlies our growing understanding of the biology of the skin. Our hope is that the ARCHIVES will become the publication of choice for individuals who perform clinical research, basic research, and epidemiological research into all aspects of dermatology that are best described as procedural. In this issue there is a vast array of articles reflecting the diversity of dermatologic surgery and its inseparable relationship to dermatology in general. The vigorous process of peer review that has been the hallmark of the Archives of Dermatology applies to these and all future articles on dermatologic surgery. It is only through this broadly accepted method of testing claims and confirming data that new areas of dermatologic surgery, from the oncologic to the aesthetic, will gain acceptance in the broader world of medicine. The ARCHIVES Surgical Advisory Board has played an important and integral role in compiling this issue and critically reviewing manuscripts.
David J. Leffell, Kenneth A. Arndt. The Dermatologic Surgery IssueA New Face for the ARCHIVES. Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(11):1404. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.11.1404