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September 1979

Office Techniques for Diagnosing Skin Disease

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(9):1127. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010090061031

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Abstract

For medical students, residents, and nondermatologists, this book is an excellent introduction to understanding and performing the office techniques that are used by dermatologists for diagnosing skin diseases. All of the office techniques for evaluating cutaneous disorders have been brought together here. Fundamental information and instructions for developing the skills necessary for the proper evaluation of the dermatological patient are given step by step. Each procedure is outlined, beginning with the purpose, diagnostic value, and clinical indications of the procedure. The actual technique is described and details on where to obtain the materials that are used are given. A description of the findings follows, along with a discussion of their application in the care of the patient. The techniques, findings, and even artifacts are effectively illustrated, and the photographs provide an excellent basis for gaining experience in the various office laboratory procedures. This book could be used as a clinical

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