by Kenneth A. Arndt, 347 pp, with illus, $15.95, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1983.
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The third edition of this popular manual is a 347-page minitextbook of well-written, useful information. Smaller type and a different layout enabled Dr Arndt to provide even more current, practical information than in previous editions.
The manual is divided into three sections, the first consisting of 33 units covering common dermatologic diseases. In each unit, the disorder is concisely described, diagnostic criteria provided, and detailed therapeutic advice given. A second section on procedures and techniques serves as a useful introduction to such standard dermatologic procedures as fungal scrapings, shave biopsy, curettage, and cryosurgery.
The third section, which covers treatment principles and formularies, is outstanding for its practical, clinically oriented approach. For example, in his discussion on topical corticosteroids, the author provides a table of corticosteroid potency, packaging and cost data, a discussion of side effects, and a description of the plastic occlusion technique. A great plus is the author's willingness
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