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Sutton and Waisman have produced another interesting volume for the nondermatologist, adding another title to a long list of such available tomes. However, this one is unique, being opinionated, interestingly written, and representing the willingness of two experienced clinicians to impart the fruits of many years of careful observation. The qualified dermatologist will disagree with some statements, but the overall result is acceptable. Even the authors were unable to agree on some statements, and these are followed by an (S) or a (W), indicating that either Sutton or Waisman was the authority for the concept in question but that both did not agree on its validity.
The book is divided into sections based on cause rather than on morphology. This approach was utilized in several editions of the Sutton and Sutton Diseases of the Skin texts. This is a preferable classification, but we do have some many idiopathic entities in
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