voices in dermatology

A new year, new era in dermatology, new magazineThe word of the moment is "new!" We have a new year, a new president, we are looking at the possibility of another new organizational structure in medicine, and we are working on a new look here at Dermatology Times.
If I ruled the (dermatology) worldDr. Norman Levine muses on an alternate universe in which he makes the rules for anything related to the dermatology specialty. After reading, he notes many may be relieved that he will never rule the (dermatology) world. But are changes necessary? You tell us.
Reflections on legacies, lessons and inspirationsThe New Year is a time during which most of us celebrate the idea of fresh starts. It’s also a time of reflection. In the spirit of this New Year, Dermatology Times asked several top dermatologists to ponder their legacies.
When is physician health disclosure required for informed consent?Should dermatologists be required to disclose matters of personal health, especially if matters related to physician health may increase the risk of harm to a patient?
My proposed plan for diversity in dermatology
My proposed plan for diversity in dermatologyI believe that the only way to increase diversity in medicine and particularly dermatology is to begin this process early in school age children. Here's what I suggest.
The future of corporatized medicineCorporations wish to grow and get bigger until finances intervene and then sometimes split or spin off children in the form of smaller corporations. Now corporations have overtaken medicine. What does this mean for the physician?
Can we cut back on lab testing?We utilize numerous medications in dermatology where potentially severe side effects can occur and can be detected by laboratory analysis. However, many commonly prescribed drugs rarely cause problems but have acquired the reputation of potentially toxic agents, which require close laboratory monitoring. Although many would disagree me, these are the medications that dermatologists over test.
Dermatologists are wound care specialistsWhen routine skin injuries such as mild burns, skin tears, uncomplicated stasis ulcers and minor post-operative wound complications become a routine part of the wound care center purview and are no longer considered a part of what dermatologists can do or wish to do, the dermatology discipline shrinks further toward a marginalized specialty. Learn more
Did negligence cause patient’s death?
Did negligence cause patient’s death?Immunosuppressed patient with recurrent squamous cell carcinoma succumbs to death. Was the dermatologist who did his skin evaluations negligent?
Honey's use in skin therapy
Honey's use in skin therapyGiven the numerous types of honey and geographic variances of bee products and what is known already about honey’s use in skin therapy, it follows that there is likely untapped potential for dermatologic application, and more investigation is clearly warranted.