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September 1991

Another View Concerning the Proposal to Change the Name of the American Academy of Dermatology

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Dermatology Department University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas, TX 75235-9069

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(9):1416. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680080156023

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To the Editor.—  The articles and editorial opinions that have appeared recently in several dermatology publications urging approval of the proposal to change the name of the American Academy of Dermatology to the American Academy of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery triggered a thought that I hope you might find worth sharing with your readers.For some reason (perhaps because of my background in internal medicine) I have never been completely comfortable with the term dermatology as the name for the specialty that I now practice. If we are going to consider name changes, perhaps we should think about changing the name of the American Academy of Dermatology to the American Academy of Cutaneous Medicine. With this root designation, it would be quite easy and logical to accommodate the concerns of our surgically oriented colleagues by subsequently referring to our parent professional association as the AmericanAcademy of Cutaneous Medicine and

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