Archive for August 31st, 2019

Some consequences of walking, part 2

August 31, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 31, 2019

Friday afternoon, I opened up a window of my Internet browser and did something I’ve been fortunate enough not to have to do much this year: I logged onto my health insurance company’s website. Because an exercise-induced rash had lingered for more than a week, I’d resolved to make an appointment with a dermatologist.

However, there was a glitch in the website. When I went to search for a health-care provider, “dermatology” wasn’t one of the specialties listed.

I was baffled. Had dermatology been subsumed by some other field, such as sports medicine? This seemed unlikely to me. I played with the options — could it possibly be listed under primary care or behavioral health? — and scanned the drop-down lists, but dermatology continued to elude me.

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