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Melanoma is one of the oversubscribed subjects. Perhaps more is written about this cutaneous tumor in a year than on any other comparable topic in dermatology. Now, Vincent McGovern, a long-standing giant in the field, offers a slim, slick volume about melanoma that is neatly divided into 12 short essays, commencing with "Pigmented Nevi" and concluding with "Problems." The book is a good deal thinner than the listed pages, because in addition to pictures and text there are very wide margins and numerous blank pages, presumably for notes. In addition, while many of the pictures are of good quality and well printed, others are not, and there are no color prints of clinical lesions. Even more appalling is the hasty and unevenly written text which at times is downright awkward. Basically it reflects Dr McGovern's own personal experiences and his assessment of the literature before 1974. Since the melanoma field
Epstein WL. Malignant Melanoma: Clinical and Histological Diagnosis. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(4):529. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640040137037