Dermatology has evolved from a morphologic study of skin diseases and abnormalities, distinct from medicine and surgery, to the modern conception of cutaneous medicine in which the skin is considered as one of the important organs of the body in intimate physiologic relation with the general economy. This evolution has been accompanied by radical changes in diagnostic and therapeutic methods. The recognition of the relation of many morbid conditions in the skin to underlying disease processes necessitates the application and adaptation to dermatology of many of the modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures developed in the fields of medicine and surgery during the dramatic scientific progress of the past few decades. It is therefore evident that the dermatologist of today should have a broad training in general medicine and surgery as a foundation for his special training.
From the standpoint of therapy of many cutaneous conditions, surgery in its various forms