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Ormsby's work must inevitably be looked on as a successor to the well-known treatise by Drs. Hyde and Montgomery; he, if any one, embodies the traditions of those authorities. While the preface acknowledges considerable indebtedness to that text, the material has been so recast in the light of the writer's later experience, and such thorough consideration has been given to recent advances in dermatology, that there is nothing suggestive in this book of a mere revision of the older one. An occasional resemblance to Dr. Hyde's distinctive diction and usage and a few familiar plates are the most evident links connecting the author's work with that of his predecessors.
The work has been written with especial insight into the difficulties which dermatology presents to the student and to the practitioner, and much attention has accordingly been given to the introductory chapters. Here the author is at his best. These chapters
A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Skin. For Use of Students and Practitioners.. JAMA. 1915;LXV(5):450. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580050078032