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The second edition of this short, inexpensive dermatology text is an adaptation of lectures given to medical students and general practitioners at the University of Sheffield. The space allotted to each subject is determined by its incidence in general practice and outpatient clinics. The clinical descriptions are brief and clear. The black and white illustrations are well placed and excellent in quality.
There are several deficiencies in this book, from a dermatologist's point of view. As a vehicle to stimulate interest in dermatology by medical students, it falls short of its goal in several aspects. Only two pages are devoted to the structure and function of the skin. References are limited to eight at the end of the book and these are to textbooks of dermatology. The regional and differential diagnostic approaches to skin disease are not stressed.
As a reference book for the busy general practitioner, the book often
Dobmeier LJ. Practical Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(2):305. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620050099034