How to cite this article: Juárez-Ocaña R. Comment on article: “Underestimation of dermatology based on ignorance and its impact on patient’s health”. Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2015;53(5):535.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Communication with: Ricardo Juárez-Ocaña
I read with interest the Medical Journal of IMSS and I was surprised to find the article "Underestimation of dermatology based on ignorance and its impact on patient’s health by Adán Fuentes Suárez and Luciano Domínguez Soto1 included in the Social Medicine section while it is the author's opinion; the editors and reviewers should have included it, if at all, as an opinion piece. The article reveals a feeling that many of us have, how only we can solve a problem of our specialty. It is unimaginable that every patient with a skin lesion would have to be seen by a dermatologist, it would require an infinite number of skin specialists and patients would have to go through an intermediary consultation that, in most cases, only delays the medical attention. I say that this is an opinion article because Dr. Dominguez, himself a dermatologist with extensive experience and prestige, expressed his opinion with no major supportive evidence, appointments he uses to support his article show advances in his area, in immunology and immunopathology, but do not refer to the subject of his writing. Specialists, of course, should be more closely involved in the training of general practitioners, family practitioners, pediatricians, internists and geriatricians. To uphold the title of the paper, the authors should have done a study of how a patient's health deteriorates without the participation of a dermatologist, needed or not; in the text there is no such study, thus the title is incorrect.