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This is the fourth volume of annual reviews of recent progress made in medicine, surgery, laboratory techniques, and the various specialties. The book contains twenty-one chapters, which deal respectively, with medicine; allergy; rheumatic diseases; diabetes; gynecology; gastroenterology; laboratory procedures; general surgery; ophthalmology; poliomyelitis vaccine; neurology; physical medicine and rehabilitation; dermatology; nutrition; cardiovascular disease; psychiatry; neuropsychiatry; new drugs; endocrinology; ear, nose, and throat; and orthopedic surgery.
As in the previous three volumes, the chapter on Dermatology is written by Dr. Herbert Rattner, who discusses the current concept of keratoacanthoma, the newer explanations of the mechanism of pruritus, the advances made in the therapy of mycotic diseases, the mysterious disappearance of scabies from its perennial host—the human skin—the use of radioactive phosphorus, steroids, gamma globulin, silicones in dermatologic therapy, and the recent studies on miliaria rubra.
Of interest to dermatologists are also the chapters on Allergy, Endocrinology, and New Drugs.
1956 Medical Progress: A Review of Medical Advances During 1955. AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(4):456. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550100124031