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November 3, 1934

A Compend of Diseases of the Skin

JAMA. 1934;103(18):1403. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750440063036

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The ninth edition of this compend has been revised and enlarged, and it "is designed for the use of practitioners and students, as a rapid reference work and key to the study of dermatology." The common skin conditions are succinctly described, and there are excellent tables detailing the differential diagnosis of the more important skin conditions that are easily confused clinically. The treatment of the more important conditions is briefly but clearly discussed. The article on syphilis is excellent, and the concise discussion on treatment is unusually complete when one considers its brevity. The work serves a useful function as an outline of study for the student but must be supplemented by the larger dermatologic textbooks for more detailed discussion of the subject. Figure 67 (p. 181), labeled chloasma, is more probably one of vitiligo. Figure 101 (p. 257) should more properly be labeled maculopapular syphilis. In the article dealing

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