Dermatology: A Specialty That Exemplifies the Osteopathic Medical Profession

Shannon M. Campbell, DO; Dawn L. Sammons, DO; Ramona M. Sarsama-Nixon, DO; J. Michael Holsinger, DO; Sean Stephenson, DO; and Stevan Walkowski, DO
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Received: March 8, 2010

Accepted: November 22, 2010

Published: May 1, 2011

J Osteopath Med; 111(5): 335-338

Even though the tradition of osteopathic medicine is based in primary care, more osteopathic graduates than in the past are pursuing subspecialties within medicine. Some claim that medical specialties, such as dermatology, compromise osteopathic principles and philosophy. However, the authors contend that dermatology exemplifies the ideals expressed by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, and explain how osteopathic manipulative treatment and the principles of osteopathic medicine can be applied to dermatologic disease and patient care.

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