Adermatologist and a biostatistician from North Carolina, with 50 other dermatologists from all parts of the US, have cooperated in a national effort to analyze the characteristics of a dermatologist's practice, the diseases seen most often, and the treatments used most frequently for each. Although the actual statistics describe the "average" dermatologist and his private practice, many of them are applicable in a general way to any physician who looks at skin. Over the past four years, Dr. Welton has chosen to report these studies in the medical journals,1-5 the most recent one now appearing in the Archives of Dermatology.4 In keeping with the times, however, he may have chosen to summarize his results in a more current style, as follows:
"I am a dermatologist. This is my coloring book. It has 132 pages, for this is the number of patients who come to my office each week.