ed 2, by Stuart Maddin, MD, $39.50, 404 pp, with illus, CV Mosby Co, 1975.
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This book is a handsomely bound high-quality volume that contains many pithy nuggets of therapeutic information. It differs from the previous edition in that it now contains a short summary of the diagnostic criteria for each of the conditions discussed. The last 60 pages of the book consist of an interesting drug index that covers all dermatologic therapeutic agents in considerable detail.
Dr Maddin has done an excellent job in extracting well-written concise therapeutic summaries from more than 200 contributors. The pace of writing is crisp, the grammar is good, and the total product is very readable. The drawbacks of multiple authorship are kept to a minimum. I was somewhat disappointed by the relatively large number of typographical errors, some of which are very blatant. Also, on a few occasions, there are sections written by non-Americans that refer to medications that are unknown in this country.
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