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May 2001

Dermatologic Surgeons Will Determine What's in Their Name: Both High Quality and High Standards

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(5):663-664. doi:

Drs Harold J. Brody and William P. Coleman1 conclude their editorial "What's in a Name? Are We Dermatologic Surgeons or Surgical Dermatologists?" with these words: "If dermatopathologists would be content to be called pathologic dermatologists, then we would consent to being called surgical dermatologists. Otherwise, dermatologic surgeon will do quite nicely, thank you." Why the pique that peeks through and between the lines written by Drs Brody and Coleman, who are identified at the end of their piece as "the president-elect and president, respectively, of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery"? Such defensiveness does not comport with the assertion by them in the same last paragraph that "Within our specialty we know who we are."

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