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April 16, 1960

Manual of Skin Diseases

JAMA. 1960;172(16):1870-1871. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020160142026

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In this interesting book an attempt is made to reduce the subject of dermatology to its essentials. The. author says that at least one medical student expressed the desire for a 50-page book on skin diseases. While the present trend in writing medical books is to produce compact volumes instead of the massive tomes of yesteryear, this too can be overdone. The practice of dermatology has become much more than arriving at a descriptive diagnosis and treating the patient with an empirical application. Over-simplification can only lower the status of this specialty while lulling the practitioner into a sense of false security that camouflages his lack of understanding of the common, troublesome dermatoses.

The author presents many original innovations that make his manuscript interesting and easy to read. The publisher must be congratulated for the beautiful paper, printing, and binding that have gone into this volume. Among the new features

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