Journal of Investigative Dermatology (JID) has designated 2010 "The Year of the Patient," and we dedicate these issues to patients. Our intent is to describe to the scientific world at large the burden that patients with skin disease bear.

Several years ago, the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) and the Coalition of Skin Diseases (a patient advocacy organization) created art and poetry exhibitions that were displayed at the SID annual meeting. The works on display provided extraordinary insight into the impact of disease on the lives of patients.

Each month a work from these artists will be featured on the cover of JID. We assure our readers that the intensity and creativity displayed in these contributions will fortify your creative spirit as you pursue your research endeavors.

-Paul Bergstresser, MD
Editor-in-Chief, JID