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November 2018

Introducing “Images in Dermatology”

Author Affiliations
  • 1Images in Dermatology Co-Editor, JAMA Dermatology
  • 2Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 3Editor, JAMA Dermatology
  • 4Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 5Department of Dermatology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(11):1255-1256. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.3360

It is often said that dermatology is a “visual specialty.” While it is more than that, there is no escaping the central importance of the clinical examination to dermatologic diagnosis. The appearance, the morphology, the shape and distribution of lesions—these features are the illustration of illness, the manifestation of cutaneous or even systemic disease. The critical role of the physical examination, imparting the ability to make a diagnosis visually, is part of the art of dermatology and is shared by few other medical specialties.

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