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July 13, 2011

Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology

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Author Affiliation: Jefferson Center for International Dermatology, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (

JAMA. 2011;306(2):213. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.968

When George Clinton Andrews, an outstanding New York diagnostician and therapeutic maven, published his Diseases of the Skin: A Text-Book for Practitioners and Students more than 80 years ago, the dermatologic community took notice, albeit with mixed reviews. Who in 1930 would have been able to predict that an 11th edition would now be in the limelight? The competition at the time included Stelwagon and Gaskill's full-sized treatise,1 last revised in 1921 and considered by many to be the most thorough textbook of the era, as well as the latest texts by Sutton2 and Ormsby.3 These would go through several editions, but none ever lasted as long as Andrews' text.

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