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September 1974

Contact Dermatitis

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(3):480. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630090102044

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In 1967, when the first edition of this slick and attractive book appeared, it received instant acceptance. Both British and American reviewers proclaimed it a "must" for all practitioners; naturally it became a best-seller, and the author, a celebrity who meted out the gospel in blacklined boxes. Even today, Dr. Fisher's little book remains the bellwether for virtually all residents and most practitioners. The first edition was lifted regularly from our library and had to be replaced, a good measure of its popularity and usefulness. But times have changed. We are now more knowledgeable and sophisticated in dealing with contact dermatitis. Now we need more and better information, and Dr. Fisher provides just that in the second edition, which is more than 125 pages (including blanks and plates), longer than the original, and is cram-packed with updated, practical information.

The author's vision and knowledge have kept pace with the times.

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