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July 1981

Skin Disorders in Clinical Practice

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(7):449. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650070077040

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This modest introductory manual for students and general practitioners, first published in 1964, has been revised by the addition of sections on Rhus dermatitis and atypical mycobacterial infections and modifications of the suggested therapy to reflect drug availability in the United States.

Except for the excellent chapters on contact dermatitis and industrial dermatitis, which are detailed and authoritative, the book is too brief to be a useful guide to case management in most conditions.

There are some points made with which American dermatologists would be likely to differ. Apocrine gland secretion is said to be odoriferous, whereas it is actually odorless until it is decomposed by bacteria after it has been secreted. Chlortetracycline hydrochloride (Aureomycin) ointment (and "eradication of septis [sepsis?] elsewhere") is the only treatment suggested for sycosis vulgaris. For scabies, it is suggested that three consecutive 24-hour applications of lindane (Kwell) be made, and, although "caution should be

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