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March 1982

Dermatologie und Venerologie

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(3):212. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650150074032

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This soft-cover book is directed to the nondermatologist. A "search catalogue for efflorescences" describes the morphologic characteristics of basic skin lesions (primary and secondary are not separated) and presents numerous tables to demonstrate the relationships between individual lesions and the respective skin condition to be diagnosed. Thirty-six color illustrations facilitate the recognition of various dermatoses and cutaneous tumors. Thirty-four of them are good, while two (Fig 11, which demonstrates psoriasis pustulosa palmaris, and Fig 34, which shows poikiloderma caused by long-term local use of steroids) are not adequate.

A great array of skin and venereal diseases is described in ten chapters. There are discussions of pathomechanism, clinical manifestation, laboratory examination, differential diagnosis, and therapy. Also included is a useful paragraph concerning the desirability of interdisciplinary consultation where this is pertinent. A final chapter discusses the principles of topical therapy.

There is one aberration from the generally accepted mode of disease

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