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September 1959

The Present Status of Military Dermatology

Author Affiliations

(MC), U. S. Army

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(3):327-331. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560210069012

This review will encompass the dermatologic activities of the U. S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Service from 1946 to the present time.

The high standards of medical care available today throughout the Armed Forces and Public Health Service have evolved from a vast post-World War II training program of Regular medical officers in the various specialties of medicine. As a result of this program, present-day specialized medical care in major installations of the Armed Forces and Public Health Service is comparable to the highest standards found in civilian medical practice.

The most important mission of Federal dermatologists is to furnish the best possible care to the large number of active and retired duty personnel and their civilian dependents. Some of the additional responsibilities include the training of specialists in dermatology and venereal diseases and giving consultative service to the respective Surgeons

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