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July 2005

Medical Dermatology Is Alive and Well

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Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2005

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(7):825-826. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.7.825

In 1998, there was a debate in the ARCHIVES that began with an editorial by Lynch1 in which he identified changes in the field of dermatology from what he believed was a “pure” medical subspecialty to one that was more procedural. His editorial was followed shortly by a bevy of letters including comments by Swerlick and Caughman,2 Werth et al,3 Kerdel and Kirsner,4 and Rapaport.5 These letters offered additional insights into the perceived problem that might explain a declining interest in Medical Dermatology. The opinions expressed in these editorials and letters have spurred the debate about what is the exact definition of Medical Dermatology.

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