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July 1963

The Course is Charted

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(1):60-74. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590190066009

During the years 1932-1938 there occurred significant changes in dermatology in the United States. Formation of an examining board to certify specialists resulted in improved teaching programs and in higher standards of practice. The Society for Investigative Dermatology encouraged research in basic and related fields. Need for a purely educational organization was met by an academy. The stature of dermatology as an autonomous specialty was increased immeasurably by these three organizations.

Tribute is paid to our leaders in this era. An interval of 25 years has demonstrated their far-sighted wisdom which laid the groundwork for the present pre-eminent position of American dermatology.