by John R.T. Reeves, MD, 111 pp, with illus, $5.95, Prentice-Hall Inc, 1977.
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A cliché pervasive in most laudative book reviews is the coaxing suggestion that the volume be added to one's library shelf. In the case of Questions and Answers About Acne, it might be advisable to keep it closer at hand. For, in this volume, Dr Reeves informs the acne patient, to whom this book is addressed, how the dermatologist or other physician should treat acne, even with the inclusion of appropriate office visit fees. In today's consumer-oriented climate, such a tendentious approach, while less unsettling than it might have been in an older day, potentially suffers the risk of author bias when dealing with acne, a complex disease of unknown cause, in which not all treatments have been evaluated adequately. As an example, the author's condemnation of bacterial toxoid treatment is understandable; yet some physicians still use this therapy, and there is no indisputable evidence as to its ineffectiveness.
Pochi PE. Questions and Answers About Acne. Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(4):620. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640160088029