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February 1980

Acne: Update for the Practitioner

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(2):234. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640260110029

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In 1971, Dr Samuel Frank wrote a book on acne. Except for a forgettable volume on the subject by another author a few years earlier, it was the first published textbook about acne in English in nearly a century. Since then, two comprehensive texts on acne have appeared. Dr Frank's new book is still another presentation of the subject, the fourth in less than a decade.

With this opus, Dr Frank has undertaken the editorship of a multiauthored text composed of 26 chapters. The title of the book is entirely apt; literature citations are indeed up to date (I spotted one from 1979). Moreover, the book is for the most part well suited for the practitioner, containing lucidly written chapters encompassing all aspects of acne and having much clinical relevance. However, as is invariably the case in a text with many contributors, repetition was unavoidable. This is readily but unapologetically

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