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September 1947

ROLE OF THE CLINICIAN IN MODERN DERMATOLOGY: President's Address

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(3):283-290. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520090003001
Abstract

TONIGHT I have no scientific contribution, no announcement of a startling invention and no statistical study. We are living in an age when epoch-making discoveries crowd one another from the stage of life in rapid succession. Before we can fully evaluate the effect of one upheaval on the state of our established knowledge we must direct our thinking into another channel to adjust ourselves to something new again. Such continuous adaptation in the field of medicine, difficult though it is, may be accomplished by a mature and experienced mind. To a young physician who is still mastering the alphabet of medical thinking it must be so disturbing, however, as to make difficult the establishment of a permanent base. The great speed of our journey in the quest of knowledge makes it imperative that we stop looking forward occasionally, survey our present and direct our eyes backward to see where we

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