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An. Bras. Dermatol. vol.78 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Feb. 2003
A new concept in dermatology
Dermatology constitutes a medical specialty with very singular characteristics, since it is still strongly influenced by the morphologic stamp of its origin. However, it is increasingly developing the pattern observed in the other clinical specialties, in that applied research, whether clinical or involving basic correlated areas, has been intensely modifying the understanding of its physiopathogenesis and the application of new therapeutic options.
One of the primordial functions of the Brazilian Annals of Dermatology, as the official organ for scientific divulgation of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, should also be the capacity to characterize this new concept in its content. Together with the always useful and interesting reports of clinical cases, which are important components in the daily practice of any dermatologist, there must be present works of clinical, laboratorial or therapeutic investigation with a wide perspective for practical use or that point the way to new approaches for known diseases. The revision articles should revolve around themes the concepts of which the majority of its readers need to review and the continuous medical education needs to raise discussion regarding all that is new within our specialty.
In accordance with these parameters, in this issue we can underscore that the clinical cases are very diversified, ranging from genodermatosis (Goltz syndrome) to the cutaneous manifestations unchained by certain Acaridae. The revision articles focus more on the cutaneous neoplasias, including basal cell carcinoma, histiocytic proliferations and melanoma. The continuous medical education in dermatology approaches infections due to prions, a subject of great current interest and urgency in the present day medicine and with direct repercussions within the specialty.
The investigation articles opportunely include both a broad profile of the HIV epidemic in Brazil as well as a base for the histopathological study of nail lesions and a work involving the treatment of alopecia areata with topical corticosteroids. This diversification of themes also portrays the great breadth of interest in dermatology, with all its complexity and extension.
To quote Peter Ward, one of the exponents of modern biology, we can affirm that the success of dermatology, "is due to its singular capacity for invention and reinvention on a daily basis".