by Gerd Plewig, MD, Albert M. Kligman, MD, PhD, 333 pp, 110 illus, $50.40, New York, Springer-Verlag New York Inc, 1975.
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This extraordinary volume presents a unique picture of acne: photographic and conceptual.
The color close-ups are more than magnificent. The medical photographer (mainly the senior author) and the publisher deserve high praise for their attention to the standards of excellence. The book would be worth owning if they had stopped with the illustrations.
They describe the morphology, pathogenesis, and treatment of this all too common disease in a unique style; the treatise is their personal statement, based largely on their work and that of their collaborators. Most statements are direct; few paragraphs leave the reader unaware of the authors' stand on the scientific issues. Their personal style, which I hope will set a trend for others to follow, makes for enjoyable, painless, and instructive reading.
The book is nominally priced for what it offers, presumably because of several financial contributions. Every dermatologist should have his own copy; it will be
Maibach HI. Acne: Morphogenesis and Treatment. Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(6):901. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630300085028