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January 1993

Introduction of `Critical Situations: Dermatology in the Acute Care Setting'

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine (Dermatology) University of Massachusetts Medical Center Worcester, MA 01655

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(1):98-99. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680220110025

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With this issue, the Archives inaugurates a new section entitled Critical Situations: Dermatology in the Acute Care Setting. As the century draws to a close, dermatologists increasingly are faced with problems never before encountered in the history of our specialty. The explosion of new medical knowledge and resultant technologies for patient care that has occurred since World War II has forever changed the scope of dermatology, and we, as dermatologists, play a key role in diagnosis and management of skin disorders in intensive care units and emergency departments as well as in the more traditional outpatient arena. All practicing dermatologists must now not only be familiar with the classic dermatologic disorders but must also be able to recognize, evaluate, and treat problems related to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, graft-vs-host disease, and countless other "new" diseases. The very existence of intensive care units has spawned a whole new literature on the dermatologie disorders that afflict patients in the setting of the intensive care unit. Some of these problems are

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