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April 1989

Is Photography Necessary in Following up Patients With Dysplastic Nevi?-Reply

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247 Medical Education Bldg University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA 19104

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(4):564-565. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670160112025

In Reply.—  In reply to Dr Stocker's letter, there was no intent in my editorial to be pedantic in either of the two common meanings of the word: "ostentatiousness in learning," and "excessive concern with detail." I thought I had made this clear in the first sentence of the last paragraph of the editorial: "Knowledge of melanoma precursors and all of melanoma tumor progression is young, however, and the concepts alluded to here should not be prematurely reified." The word reified, to make a concept concrete, was incorrectly printed by the Archives as "rectified." Had this not been done there might not be a need for this additional correspondence. Other points do need clarification, however, and Dr Stocker's letter permits me to focus on some of these.

Excisional Biopsy.—  I would like to emphasize that I and my colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) do not "treat" patients with dysplastic nevi.

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