As the American Board of Dermatology and Syphilology has been in existence for the past eleven years, it seems suitable to give a brief résumé of some of its activities and accomplishments.
Of the fifteen national specialty boards which are now in existence, this board was the fourth to be organized (in 1932). Its organization was preceded by that of the American Board of Ophthalmology by sixteen years, this pioneer body having been founded in 1916. The American Board of Otolaryngology was established in 1924 and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1930.
The first steps toward forming a national qualifying board for dermatology and syphilology were taken in 1931 at the annual meetings of the American Dermatological Association and the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology of the American Medical Association. Four men were selected from each of these organizations to form a board, which held