October 8, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(15):1287-1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670075033

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This is one of a series of monographic introductions to the various phases of medicine. The distinct purpose of the author is to present in a simplified manner the principles of dermatologic examinations, so that beginners especially can rapidly analyze and identify the various skin lesions. The material has been organized and presented in a masterly manner. Beginning with elemental dermatologic anatomy, the author discusses in succession history taking and symptoms, the examination proper, the classification and description of the elemental lesion, and cutaneous tumors. Then follows an excellent chapter on methods to be used in analyzing the character of a dermatitis. Next comes an introduction to clinical diagnosis. The problem is to search for the causative agents, establish the pathology, and study the individual's constitution, his environment and his knowledge of hygiene. The laboratory methods in general use are emphasized. The author takes the view that anesthesia is not

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