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October 1973

The Nails in Disease

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Miami Beach, Fla

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(4):595. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620250069035

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The second edition of The Nails in Disease is the only book available which is helpful to the practitioner in diagnosing nail disorders. The content included in this edition is richer in nail syndromes and photographs than the first edition.

Evaluation of content by chapter follows.

Chapter 1. Anatomy and Physiology.—  Overall, Dr. Samman presents all facts available; however, this leaves the reader with some confusion regarding nomenclature of anatomical terms and anatomical relationships, particularly in nail plate formation. The vasculature of the finger, hand, and nail unit is overemphasized. Inaccurate usage of anatomical terms and a casual writing style result in a poor understanding of anatomical relationships.

Chapter 2. Principal Nail Syndromes.—  This chapter will be very helpful to clinicians in diagnosing nail conditions.

Chapter 3. Psoriasis.—  Psoriasis of the nails is well described and beneficial treatment hints are given.

Chapter 4. Fungus Infections.—  This chapter

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