A. Bernard Ackerman, a founding figure in the field of dermatopathology who trained a generation of doctors to recognize skin diseases under the microscope, died Friday at his home in Manhattan.
He was a prolific researcher, the author of more than 700 papers and more than 60 books!
Asked to describe himself in an interview with a medical journal, Dr. Ackerman used the terminology of the microscope. He said he was “dogmatic and unyielding at scanning magnification” but “reasonable and accommodating at high power” and “humane and empathic up close.”
Years ago in the world congress in Paris, I attended a session entitled” controversies in dermatopathology” chaired by Ackerman. That was one of the best I have ever attended. A sad loss for all of us as dermatologist.
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