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August 1982

Office Dermatology

Author Affiliations

San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(8):622. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650200090030

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As the junior author of a "complete" textbook for primary care physicians, I have attempted to become a connoisseur of the strong points of similar books.

Roenigk and his associates (mainly colleagues at Northwestern University, Chicago), with the cooperation of the Williams & Wilkins Co, have produced a practical book with appeal. Its strong points include its fine production, easy-to-read large print, superb photographs, and brevity.

Although this book is intended for a general audience, several contributors have prepared chapters of value for many dermatology residents, including "Special Problems in Pediatric Skin Disease" by Nancy Esterly, "Nail Diseases" by Richard Scher, "Blistering Disorders" by Nancy Furey, and "Leg Ulcers" by Roenigk.

In the end, the longevity and popularity of books such as these rests not with the kudos of the reviewers, but with the word-of-mouth advertising of the users (in this case— the primary care physicians).

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