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In the preface to this new edition the author states, "As expressed in the preface to the first edition, this book, designed as a text for medical students, a practical guide for general practitioners, and an aid in orientation for other specialists, was written to meet the often expressed desire of my students to have a concise and well-illustrated text which would still serve their needs after they enter practice. It seeks to describe, as succinctly as possible, the clinical features and the methods of management of the more common skin disorders. Em phasis throughout the text is centered on (a) means to accurate diagnosis and (b) selection of appropriate treatment. To the student and practitioner recognition and identification of skin lesions present the outstanding dermatologic problems, but therapy is often difficult and challenging."
All of these objectives have been successfully attained. The author does not claim to have produced
Practical Dermatology. JAMA. 1959;170(1):135-136. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010010137033