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To the Editor.—
I want to record a strong dissent to the book reviewer's assessment of the seventh edition of Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (1982;247:3268). This book should not be dismissed lightly. It has been a popular reference for the past 52 years. Now that Andrews and his collaborator, Domonkos, are dead, this new edition introduces the reader to the considerable skills and literary grace of two distinguished clinicians, Harry L. Arnold, Jr, and Richard B. Odom.Thus, it was with surprise that I found the reviewer did not recommend this text because its therapeutic approach was idiosyncratic. To pursue the matter, I counted no less than 1,431 therapeutic recommendations within my copy of the new book. In my opinion, only seven of these were clearly idiosyncratic. In the real world of therapy, one might yearn for many more such examples of personal, non-Food and Drug Administration-approved
Shelley WB. Andrews' Disease of the Skin. JAMA. 1982;248(19):2452. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330190022022