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The Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association has asked me to succeed Paul O'Leary as Chief Editor of the A. M. A. Archives of Dermatology. It is an assignment which I accept with a full realization of responsibility and a deep measure of gratitude. In the thirty-five years of its existence the Archives has had but three editors—William Allan Pusey, Howard Fox, and Paul A. O'Leary. I have had the good fortune and rare privilege to be associated on the Archives with all of them. Each had a profound influence on American dermatology, for each looked upon the Editorship as a proud possession to be conducted conscientiously with well-balanced perspective, broad vision, and in a fair and straight-forward manner. The pattern has been set, there remains the obligation to maintain it. I am keenly aware of the enormity of that trust and I shall try to measure up