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March 1961

Trends in Office Practice of Dermatology: Part I

Author Affiliations


Dr. Greenberg is Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(3):355-378. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580090005001

This report is based on data obtained during a recent nationwide survey in which 50 board-certified dermatologists, each devoting 75% or more of his time to private practice and having an x-ray machine available, cooperated. Information about every patient seen in his office during 1 week, 4 times during a calendar year (about every 3 months), was recorded on a special form by each participant (Fig. 1A). About 27,000 records were gathered, analyzed, and tabulated. This material provides an extensive source of information concerning many aspects, except economic, of the private practice of dermatology.

An enumeration of the specific questions which the study set out to answer, a description of the methodology employed in organizing and conducting the survey, and a number of significant findings have previously been reported.1 These included highlights such as the following:

1. Forty-two per cent of all the diplomates in the country, at the

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