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August 1963


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150 N Meramec Ave St. Louis (Clayton) 5, Mo

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(2):225-226. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590200113029

To the Editor:—I heartily agree with many of the concepts discussed by Pillsbury,1 Sulzberger,2 and Kesten3 of present and possible future trends in dermatology. I would however like to present a somewhat different viewpoint on training methods and aims and stress the need of increased utilization of scientific methods now available.

I am cognizant that a number of dermatologic services are using or beginning to use the more sophisticated scientific techniques for investigative purposes. However the great problem in present-day dermatology is the almost complete absence of these scientific skills in about two thirds of our dermatology services with the result that critical scientific thinking among residents and younger staff men has been retarded, and it is difficult for the trainee to develop a modern approach and philosophy of science. To become true academic departments, a portion of the curriculum and some of the interests of

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