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The Society for Investigative Dermatology was born out of a vision to serve a segment of science previously unrepresented by the medical societies of the United States: investigative dermatology. The founders saw a need for an organization with a devotion to cutaneous investigation, rather than clinical work, and to promote investigative dermatology to a fully respected position among the medical specialties. In tandem with the establishment of the society, they sought to develop a new scientific journal that would act as a singular resource for investigative work in cutaneous biology. Previously, this research had been scattered among the non-dermatology journals and had largely been completed outside the specialty of investigative dermatology.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SID, a supplement to the JID was published relating the history of the SID, the Journal and dermatologic research in the US (v. 92, [April, 1989]: 10s). Rudolf Baer (SID President, 1964) wrote: “The foundation of the [SID] and the decision to publish the Journal…must be seen as part of a revolutionary movement in American dermatology.”
To advance and promote the sciences relevant to skin health and disease through education, advocacy, and scholarly exchange of scientific information.
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