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The life of an editor is one of incredible intensity lacking significant tangible or ego-inflating rewards. I still remember vividly the day Bob Kierland called me into his office to say that he had been asked to serve for five years as the Chief Editor of the Archives of Dermatology, succeeding Dr. Walter Lobitz, and that he wanted me to serve as his assistant. The memory remains so clear because I frequently wonder what temporary lapse of judgment caused us to accept the task. The job was not one of those "instead of's" but was "in addition to." This meant that Bob agreed to continue to carry his large clinical and teaching responsibilities at the Mayo Clinic and at the same time to accept another almost fulltime job as well. Most of the Archives editing was done before or after daily working hours.
The task was, and is, huge, amounting
Sams WM. Tribute to an Editor. Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(5):663. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630050009001
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