By Robert W. MacKenna, M.A., M.D., B.Ch., Honorary Dermatologist, Royal Infirmary, Liverpool. Cloth. Price, $6.50 net. Pp. 451, with 166 illustrations. New York: William Wood & Co., 1923.
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This is a recent addition to the already crowded field of dermatologic textbooks, and must compete with several established works of similar size. The author has adopted a classification based on etiology; but, as he states in the preface, in a field in which there are so many undiscovered etiologic factors, the point is soon reached at which such an arrangement must break down, and the arrangement of diseases is then based on their clinical characteristics. This method of classification leads to unfamiliar groupings. The book, prepared for the student and general practitioner, excludes some of the rare dermatoses, but many of them are considered briefly. The discussion of the various dermatoses is capable, and reflects the author's observations. Differential diagnosis is given special attention, and the treatment of the various dermatoses is given full consideration, especially methods that have commended themselves to the author. There is, however, frequent mention
Diseases of the Skin. A Manual for Students and Practitioners.. JAMA. 1923;81(3):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650030061031