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April 18, 2012

Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology: A Textbook of Skin Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

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Author Affiliation: Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (

JAMA. 2012;307(15):1646. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.492

There is no dearth of pediatric dermatology books currently available, but owing to its size and clarity, this book has been a standout since Sidney Hurwitz wrote the first edition in 1981. Several other dermatology textbooks have appeared in the half-century since the publication of Henry Harris Perlman's book in 1960.1 Like Perlman, Hurwitz began his career as a pediatrician confronted by myriad cutaneous disorders in children.2 After 14 years of practice as a pediatrician, he did a residency in dermatology; as a pediatric dermatologist, he became instrumental in the development of the subspecialty, both nationally and internationally.

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