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February 1984

Common Office Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(2):270. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650380130029

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This is a large, handsome book with color plates and clear, large type. The cloth binding should stand up to the scuffing it will encounter in office use. Any book in which the author must make choices will be subject to likes and dislikes. Here are some of mine:

I liked Dr Dahl's choice of contents. He chose the frequent and difficult problems such as eczema, urticaria, photodermatoses, skin cancer, bullous diseases, leg ulcers, and so on. I liked the scholarly first chapter: "How to Select a Topical Corticosteroid," although the prominence of its place in the book may reinforce the already ridiculous stereotypic view of the dermatologist as one who treats patients only with topical corticosteroids. The first chapter is excellent in presentation, design, and emphasis. The second chapter is also good and fills out the nondermatologist practitioner's need for the definition of some of the other substances we

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