ed 3, edited by P. Hall-Smith and R. J. Cairns, 394 pp, with illus, $39.95, Washington, DC, Butterworth Inc, 1981.
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Sixteen associate authors have supplemented the efforts of the editors, who themselves wrote nine of the 27 chapters of this admirable small volume, which is a remarkably comprehensive updating of their second edition. There are no references. The book is softbound and printed on paper of good quality. The illustrations are, on the whole, fine (especially the color plates). There are numerous useful tables.
For the most part, the text follows orthodox lines, and there is little with which to find fault. The strong British orientation is reflected in many places, which is perfectly natural. For example, a table on leprosy says that tuberculoid leprosy occurs in Indian patients, borderline leprosy occurs in African patients, and lepromatous leprosy occurs in European, Eurasian, and Chinese patients.
The editors might have been a little more communicative in their subsections on treatment. Under erythema multiforme, they write "in the severe forms corticosteroids are
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