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July 1978

Dermatologists vs the Federal Government

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East Stroudsburg, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(7):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640190073036

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To the Editor.—  Dr Philip C. Anderson of Columbia, Mo, in an editorial comment (Archives 113:1066, 1977) stated: "Our principal defense against the major intrusion of government into dermatology is to manage our specialty not merely well, but in a sophisticated, progressive, and very humane fashion." This sentence implies that dermatologists are not properly managing their own specialty. This is further supported by his statement: "We have only started on the difficult road to managing our specialty properly and serving our patients expertly."I personally feel that these statements are entirely untrue. Dermatologists, as a whole, have been handling their specialty quite properly and have been dispensing skillful treatment to their patients. The excellent programs at the American Academy of Dermatology attest to the sophistication of the broad scope of our field.Dermatologists do not have to prepare a defense to combat the intrusion of federal government but merely let

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