by A. Bernard Ackerman, John Niven, and Jane M. Grant-Kels, 195 pp, with 45 illus, $86.00, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1982.
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This is a seductive book. The volume is a superb product of printing excellence—the urbane dermatopathologist might well be tempted to leave it on his coffee table, perhaps in the company of say, Country Gentleman or Punch. Apparently no cost was spared; the format is lavish, the printing and color reproduction are essentially impeccable. The book is easy to read and a delight to look at but, as I noted, seductive. And, like many affairs common to the bibliophile, a brief encounter is often more rewarding than a lasting relationship.
Clearly, part of the substantial cost of this volume is related to the generous layout; each presentation begins on the left-hand page with double columns of enumerated telegraphic sentences. On the opposite page there is a brace of clinical photographs and three-paired color photomicrographs in which each comparable pair of photomicrographs is printed at, or near, the same magnification. Following
Headington JT. Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology. Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(3):274. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650270092027