Members of the Genetics Task Force of the Division for Research of the National Program for Dermatology recognized early in the development of its programs that there was little association between clinical dermatologists and the relatively few individuals working or interested in the area of medical genetics and basic genetics. The pioneering monograph of Cockayne1 on genodermatoses and McKusick's2 text listing genetic disorders with dermatologic manifestations were clear proof—if any were needed—that knowledge of genetics was an absolute essential to the clinical practice and medical progress of dermatology. Just as we have long recognized the crucial involvement of dermatology in internal medicine, we are convinced that genetics should have an equal place and that it is likely to have increasing importance in the future.
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We were frequently asked by residents what dermatologists needed to know about genetics and how such information could be integrated into
Sigfrid A. Muller. Genetics and Dermatologic Training. Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(2):207–208. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630080009001