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Book and New Media Reviews
December 2005

Dermatologic Signs of Internal Disease, 3rd ed

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Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2005

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(12):1611-1612. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.12.1611-b

I have a dusty copy of the first edition of Dermatologic Signs of Internal Disease dating back to the late 1980s. On a recent train trip, I read the text of this third edition from cover to cover and was pleasantly surprised in many ways. It was fun to revisit an old friend and find it has withstood the changes of time well.

This small book completely covers the core of what today is known as “medical dermatology,” the fascinating interplay of skin and internal diseases. It is truly an edited book in a most unusual way—only 1 nonediting author was trusted to write a chapter alone (Mike Tharp on mast cell disorders); every other chapter was written by 1 of the editors alone or in collaboration. This approach produced a uniform style and a minimum of overlap. How to arrange such a book is always a problem; the editors have followed what I would describe as a “traditional approach,” disease based for the most part, but so logical that it is easy to find everything.

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