Talk:Dermasurgery

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Dermasurgery[edit]

Dermasurgery is a distinct subspecialty of dermatology. It has its own professional organization (Am Soc Derm Surg) and medical journal (Dermatol Surg). Thus, it deserves its own page. The entry about dermasurgery being a part of mortuary science does not belong in this article about dermatologic surgery. Perhaps it could be added to a mortician article.Philiphughesmd 23:28, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

The entry about dermasurgery relating to mortuary science does indeed belong in this article. It is defined in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary (Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002) as a branch of embalming and this term is still in use by state governments, such as California. There is no controversy about these facts. A controversy relates to whether dermatologic surgery should be called dermasurgery. Orinmgoldblummd 21:23, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

Merging[edit]

Dermasurgery as it relates to Dermatologic Surgery should be merged into Dermatologic Surgery--right now we have quite a bit of redundancy/repetition between Dermatology (which has a Dermasurgery subsection), Dermatologic Surgery, Dermasurgery, and Dermasurgeon. I'm in the process of trying to clean it all up. Unsure of above re:mortuary science. Unable to find similar defintions online, including w/ Dictionary.com, however will attempt to cross-reference w/ Oxford English Dictionary (OED) when possible.

-RJ1001 01:58, 24 August 2006 (UTC)


An entry for "dermasurgery" does not exist in the OED at the time of this comment, therefore unable to corroborate Orinmgoldblummd statement above re:mortuary science--will continue to pursue verification of the topic and leave the text in place with original references intact until adequate evidence that it is truly incorrect arises.
"Dermasurgery" as a term for "dermatologic surgery" seems to be a relatively recent phenomenon. For example, besides not being present in the OED, a google.com search of "dermasurgery" returns 780 results (many of which are copies of this Wikipedia article in part or in whole) vs. "dermatologic surgery" which returns 359,000 results. Therefore, it seems more appropriate to have "Dermatologic Surgery" be the main term with a nod to the term "dermasurgery" (as is currently the case). At the minimum, redundancy/overlap in general (and specifically with the Dermasurgeon article) should be avoided for the sake of clarity and consistency.
-RJ1001 06:01, 30 August 2006 (UTC)