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June 11, 1960

Basic Office Dermatology

JAMA. 1960;173(6):739. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020240127042

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At long last something new, interesting, and valuable in the field of dermatology has been printed. The intent of the authors is that the book should be used (1) as a ready reference for the diagnosis and effective treatment of the common dermatoses (the common diseases, listed in section 1, are arranged in clinical groups); (2) to obtain help in unfamiliar cases (by reference to section 3 on regional dermatological diagnosis); and (3) as a guide to the treatment of those patients in whom there is a lack of therapeutic response ( section 5).

There is an excellent section on diagnostic procedures and one devoted to multiple organ diseases with cutaneous manifestations, such as lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, and porphyria. Dermatological allergy is given its rightful place. The concluding section, "Dermatological Counselling Based on Physiology," includes topics such as scalp and hair, deodorants, antiperspirants, diet, and psychosomatic factors in dermatology.

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