IN A MEDICAL world that has been continuously changing because of the impact of social, economic and educational forces, the American Dermatological Association has held fast, for three quarters of a century, to the traditional concepts of its founders. This adherence to tradition has made our Association a conservative and venerable institution. In the light of rapidly changing conditions, it now appears timely to appraise our objectives and functions as they have beeen operating under both the stimulus and the inhibitions of tradition and to determine on a future course best suited to further our aims in a social structure that is becoming increasingly competitive.
In our present era the practice of medicine has become the concern of the public and research in medicine has become the project of wealthy foundations, well organized commercial organizations and governmental agencies. Lay groups, as represented by large national industries, labor
FOERSTER HR. APPRAISAL OF OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE AMERICAN DERMATOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Presidential Address. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(2):177–184. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530090007002
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