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March 30, 1918

The Principles and Practice of Dermatology. Designed for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1918;70(13):952. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600130056023

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The author has completely revised this book, and has elaborated on many subjects, particularly pellagra and syphilis. One of the best sections of the work is the preliminary chapter on the anatomy of the skin, illustrated by twenty-nine excellent pictures, and presenting material which should be known to every physician who attempts to treat disorders of the skin. The section on treatment is probably more conservative and rational than that appearing in any other textbook on diseases of the skin. The prescriptions given are simple, and few contain the numerous ingredients that so frequently mark dermatologic prescriptions.

Particularly interesting is the view that the author holds of vaccine therapy:

The method of treatment by the use of vaccines has so appealed to the medical imagination, and the use of stock vaccines has been made so easy by the manufacturers of bacteriologic products, that vaccine therapy has had an enormous vogue....

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