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November 1950

THE DYING SYPHILOLOGIST: President's Address

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(5):615-621. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530180004001
Abstract

THE PRESENT day curriculums of the medical schools do not take into consideration the efficient teaching of the specialties. Instruction in dermatology and syphilology is no exception to the rule. It is perfectly obvious that these divisions must be studied together or they fall together. Internal medicine, surgery and pediatrics are the foundation stones of medicine. The streamlined conveyor belt system of teaching medicine depreciates all the specialties. The trend in medical education is to place all the specialties under the three divisions with the idea that the internist and surgeon will pay attention to certain specialties but still retain their major status. The pediatrician occupies that favorable position where he does not have to pay attention to any one but can use any of the specialties. Whether we like it or not, those in the major divisions of medicine look on us specializing in dermatology and syphilology with ill

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