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March 1969

The Traditional One

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):283-285. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210037008

IN THE preliminary correspondence relative to my subject, I was asked to describe the dermatology program at the Mayo Clinic. Little did I realize that it is "traditional." Rather, I would like to think of it as being progressive. In any event, you may make up your own minds as to whether it is progressive or traditional. After all, tradition does not deny progress.

If we are to discuss programs, you should know what we do at this clinic and what facilities are available.

In 1967 we had more than 31,000 outpatient visits and 1,025 inpatients, whose hospitalizations averaged 15.7 days. We did almost 1,500 biopsies and gave 4,600 hot quartz ultraviolet treatments.

The physical setup at this clinic at present includes seven "work-up" rooms where patients are worked up by residents, six private offices, and six treatment rooms. Secretarial offices, dictating cubicles, storage facilities, and reception desks are an

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