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June 1986

1986—Dermatology at the Crossroads: Choices and Challenges

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology New York University Medical Center 550 First Ave New York, NY 10016

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(6):648-649. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660180054013

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Frost, the great New England poet, was forced to make a choice between two roads in a wood. The directions toward which the paths led were unclear, although one path seemed more traveled than the other. As I think about those of us that comprise the American Dermatologic Community, I believe that we face the same type of situation, although our choices seem much more complicated. We have many more than two paths among which to choose at our current Crossroads, and it is not at all clear which of the paths lead forward and which lead into blind alleys.

If any of us were to develop a list of the problems our specialty faces, I would predict that our lists would be much the same, although the emphasis might be different, depending on which issue comes to our attention first.

Major questions have arisen regarding dermatologic manpower. Are the

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