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December 1980

Textbook of Dermatology

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Pinehurst, NC

 

ed 3, 2 volumes, edited by A. Rook, D. S. Wilkinson, and F. J. Ebling, 2,366 pp, 1,131 illus, $219, Oxford, England, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1979.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(12):1402. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640360076022

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Abstract

The third edition of this prestigious textbook surpasses the others.

The editorial staff and authors, some new, are still primarily British. The text has been revised and condensed without loss of meaning. Americans may find some provincialism that is both objectionable (occasional stubborn adherence to archaic treatments) and profitable (conceptualization over ancient genetic conundrums).

Within the constraints of production time, a first-class job has been done in adding new information from the recent literature, giving the volumes an up-to-date aura. The editors seem fully aware of the old dictum: "When addressing your peers, regard them as intellectual idiots," ie, basic foundations are laid first, then the new information is provided. Older dermatologists will appreciate this, particularly in meeting the modern demands of continued medical education. Where little new knowledge was available, as in the section on dermatopathology, editorial revisions eliminated redundancy and clarified a text that wasn't bad to begin

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