Specialism versus generalism in dermatology
‘Our opinion against the increase of specialism, especially against the narrow specialism of dermatology, is well known. Specialists can not as a rule be said to be among the best educated of the profession and the exclusive practice of some small speciality tends to perpetuate and increase ignorance, if it does not already deprave professional morals.’ This controversial piece from the Lancet in 1875 reflects attitudes that have sent waves rippling down the years, waves which still may affect some opinion leaders in medicine today.
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(6): 28–30
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