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Remembering Dr Walter Burgdorf

Leonard J. Hoenig, MD1
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1Private practice, Pembroke Pines, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(10):1074. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3446.
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Dermatology has suffered a great loss, as did all of us, with the passing of Dr Walter H. C. Burgdorf (1943-2015). He was a pioneer in dermatopathology and one of medicine’s finest teachers. Dr Burgdorf published numerous articles on dermatology and edited the English editions of Braun-Falco’s Dermatology and Pantheon of Dermatology,1 among other books.

His professional accomplishments are simply too impressive to cover in this short tribute. Rather, I will share with you some personal reflections about this most remarkable physician. For the past 3 years, it has been my privilege and honor to coauthor, with Dr Burgdorf, nearly 40 Notable Notes for JAMA Dermatology. This collection of essays is Dr Burgdorf’s special gift to dermatology, as it features his brilliant insights as a master teacher of the specialty. In these Notes, you will find Dr Burgdorf’s wisdom and charm as he covers all aspects of dermatology as they relate to the humanities.

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