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November 1979

A High Profile for Dermatology

Author Affiliations

President, American Academy of Dermatology Inc Evanston, Ill

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(11):1301. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010110007012

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In the decades since World War II, remarkable growth has occurred in the specialty of dermatology in America and worldwide. In the United States the number of practitioners of this specialty has more than tripled. At the same time dermatology has gained greatly in public recognition. Persons with skin disorders have recognized the clear advantage of directly seeking expert dermatologic care. There have also been unprecedented additions to knowledge of the causes and effective management of skin diseases. Contributions made by dermatologists who are also researchers have played no small part in the enhanced image of cutaneous medicine in academic centers. This, in turn, has resulted in a considerably greater emphasis on teaching about skin disorders to medical students and primary care physicians.

At the same time that the specialty of dermatology has been growing in size and prestige, there have been impressive advances in therapy. Effective treatment for many

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