edited by R. Marks, and P. D. Samman, 507 pp, with illus, $28.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1977.
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Although this small textbook is intended for the British general physician who has an interest in dermatology, the American dermatologist may find this book of interest if he considers it to be a collection of essays on a variety of dermatologic subjects. Because the quality of each of the 33 chapters varies widely, the dermatologist will find only approximately half of the presentations to be useful. Chapters on the epidermis by Marks, on tropical dermatoses seen in Europe by Jopling, on skin markers of malignancy by Samman, and on lupus erythematosus and dermatomyositis by Gold are well worth reading.
This volume could have been improved greatly by much tighter editing by both the authors and the publishers. Misprints abound that a competent manuscript editor should have caught. The references could be more current and might well be less limited to British publications. There are numerous black and white illustrations that
Parish LC. Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(2):306. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640140102042