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September 1993

Considering Excellence

Author Affiliations

Mohs-Dermatology Clinic University Physicians One Hospital Drive Columbia, MO 65212

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(9):1188. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680300116020

WHEN WE talk about excellence in dermatology, at least we know we want much more of it. However, we are not quite agreed as to what is excellent, even though we regularly award research grants, plan residency programs, and set other standards that draw on our definitions of excellence. The study by Dubin and colleagues1 on citation classics in the dermatologic journals that appears in this issue of the Archives facilitates a close examination of what we mean by excellence in communication. Does our system of publication in dermatology work well to communicate what is both important and excellent? This interesting study examines some new tools useful to decide that question.

As never before, dermatology is flourishing today with newly found prestige and success. Our residency directors recruit the very best medical students; practitioners engage in a dozen new enterprises. We should be able to follow in our journals the intellectual roots of this

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