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Dermatopathology is a narrow subspecialty linking skin disease and its pathologic characteristics. But the accrual rate from this narrow base is large, between one third and one half of all specimens submitted to large pathology laboratories. Furthermore, pigmented lesions represent a major problem for clinicians: they are common, confusing, and have an important relation to cancer. Fear of litigation fosters inordinate removal. Costconscious insurance companies refuse to pay for removal of benign lesions. Now, two experts propose an approach to solve this dilemma—namely, an understanding of pigmented lesions in terms of their biological behavior over time. Bernard Ackerman of New
Pigmented Lesions of the Skin: Clinicopathologic Correlations.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:923. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-6-923_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(6):923.
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