By Victor J Selmanowitz, MD, and Norman Orentreich, MD. Price, $10. Pp 175. Medical Examination Publishing Co Inc., 65-36 Fresh Meadow Lane, Flushing, NY 11365, 1972.
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This book attempts to present an overview of dermatology in question form for those preparing for board examination. All of the questions are answered and literature references are given. In all likelihood, this book will serve a quite useful function, but many of the questions are naïve. stress eponyms, or little known facts. The basic science section often requires specific answers to questions which are not particularly significant. Why, for instance, should either future clinician or academician know the average number of melanocytes per square millimeter in thoracic skin? Many of the questions lack imagination, but to write even 20 "good" questions is difficult. To attempt to write 1,290 questions, as these authors have done, is a mammoth undertaking that boggles the mind of even the most creative physician. The authors are to be congratulated for their effort.
In any case, the book will serve a useful function if it
Sams WM. Dermatology Specialty Board Review. Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(2):268. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620110090034