September 12, 1966

Manual of Skin Diseases

Author Affiliations

Iowa City


by Gordon C. Sauer, ed 2; 284 pp, 186 illus, $12, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1966;197(11):932. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110110156052

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Whoever sets out to write a short dermatology textbook for the non-specialist faces the problem of what to include, what to omit, and how much detail to provide. He must also add parts that serve as a primer for those practitioners whose basic dermatologic training was all too little or totally absent. Dr. Sauer has faced these problems and came up with what the reviewer considers the best short text on dermatology for medical students, generalists, and specialists in other fields.

No two dermatologists can be expected to agree exactly on the scope of such a text. I feel that Dr. Sauer has included a few too many items, rare birds the non-dermatologist will probably never see; and even if he should chance to see one of them, he would not recognize it. But if Dr. Sauer has erred here, it is a minor error compared to most books of