August 6, 1973

Textbook of Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago


edited by Arthur Rook, D. S. Wilkinson, and F. J. G. Ebling, 2 vol, ed 2; 2, 118 pp+, 1,152 illus, $114, Blackwell Scientific Publications (F. A. Davis Co.), 1972.

JAMA. 1973;225(6):640. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220330052029

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The second edition of this major dermatologic text appears four years following original publication, and the three editors have been joined by 25 contributors to produce a work that has 200 more pages of text and 100 more black and white illustrations than the original edition. Because of a slightly thinner paper stock, however, the bulk of the new edition is somewhat reduced, but the high standard of workmanship and excellent quality of the photographs remain undiminished.

The text follows a conventional format beginning with basic information including excellent discussions of histopathologic changes, techniques of diagnosis, and special studies including a new section on immunofluorescence. A systematic presentation of dermatologic disorders follows, and, where indicated, these sections are preceded by appropriate basic science material.

A topographic approach considers areas as hair, nails, mouth, and eyes, and these chapters correlate well with the systematic presentations preceding them. One hundred pages are