by Walter B. Shelley, MD, 333 pp, with 50 black-and-white illus, $12, W. B. Saunders Co., 1974.
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No one who has read Consultations I needs a review of Consultations II. He'll buy it without being asked.
Like Consultations I, this volume of 50 essays presents dermatology in not only clinical, but physiological, and even philosophical depth. The lively, graceful, readable prose is an invitation to the reader; all too soon, he finds he's read it through to the end. But it's worth rereading; keep it around!
The illustrations are marvels of technical excellence, and though they sometimes portray an exceptional rather than a characteristic example, one cannot really fault the selection of them.
Duhring—who is not, regrettably, included in the bibliography of dermatitis herpetiformis—might have deplored, as I did, the lack of mention of its most characteristic clinical features: polymorphism spontaneous remissions, scars, and the total absence of pain during scratching spells—as well as the fact that vesicles need not be present in every case. But he
Arnold HL. Consultations in Dermatology, II. Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(4):648-649. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630100092040