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Article
November 1982

Clinical Dermatology: An Illustrated Textbook

Author Affiliations

Hershey, Pa

 

by Rona M. Mackie, 280 pp, with illus, $19.50, New York, Oxford University Press Inc, 1981

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(11):958. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650230086042

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Abstract

The author's goal, in this attractive soft-covered book from the University of Glasgow (Scotland), is to "introduce modern clinical dermatology in a stimulating manner both to undergraduates and also to post-graduate students and general practitioners...." This goal is nicely accomplished.

The book opens with a brief discussion of diagnostic principles, followed by a section on basic skin biology that summarizes and illustrates well, with line drawings and photomicrographs, the salient aspects of cutaneous pathophysiology. The remaining chapters, which constitute the bulk of the book, are devoted to specific skin disorders grouped rather traditionally according to the following topics: common morphologic features (eg, papulosquamous diseases and eczema), regional distribution (eg, predominantly facial dermatoses), etiology (eg, cutaneous infections), and patient age (pediatric dermatology). With few exceptions, all are written with crispness and clarity. In the early chapters, features of each disease are organized according to the following sequence: definition, incidence, pathology,

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