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October 2003

A Focus on Individuality: A. Bernard Ackerman, MD

Author Affiliations


Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(10):1388. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.10.1388

He has trained over 400 dermatopathologists, many of whom he inspired to pursue the discipline.

Left Elizabeth, NJ, as an adolescent, for Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.

Pre-Med at Princeton; Med at Columbia; Derm at Columbia, Penn, and Harvard; Dermpath at Harvard.

Considered psychiatry, but did not want to be a psychoanalyst. Fondness for things morphologic, especially art, led to dermatology. An affinity for the microscope coupled with the realization that dermatopathologists could resolve quandaries vexing to clinicians led to dermatopathology.

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