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April 1950


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(4):561-574. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530110027002

WHAT makes a good dermatologist? Is it the man himself; is it his teacher; is it the institution he attends, or is it the course he pursues? What qualifications should he have to begin the study of dermatology and to enter the practice of the specialty? What can be gained from a review of training in the past? What is the best method of providing the knowledge which he should have to be a firstclass practitioner and consultant ? Where should he go to get this knowledge?

These are samples of the questions which have been the concern of those who have had to do with the formulation of standards of specialty training in the last fifteen years.

Every one will agree that the training of the dermatologist, like the training of any specialist, should be based on a broad background of general medicine. It is fundamental to the correct

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