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January 1951


Author Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine CHICAGO; Instructor in Dermatology, Southwestern Medical College, University of Texas DALLAS, TEXAS

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;63(1):53-69. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570010056004

IN RECENT years there has been evident a growing tendency to shrink the domain of dermatology by removing from it diseases in which dermatologists have done pioneer work but in which others are now showing an acute interest. Great technical advances in special forms of treatment, to which dermatologists have themselves made important contributions, have tended to divert patients from the care of dermatologists and to channel them to specialists in those modalities. This trend has been particularly great in the field of cutaneous cancer.

Dermatologists are by teaching and experience trained to reach a correct diagnosis early in the presence of an epithelioma. Because of their knowledge of the clinical course and histopathological differentiation of the various types of epithelioma they are also well qualified to render an impartial decision as to the kind of treatment most suitable for any individual lesion. Therapeutic specialists, whether radiologists or surgeons, may

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