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The fourth edition of Lehrbuch der Hautkrankheiten und venerischen Infektionen (Textbook on Skin Diseases and Venereal Infections) by Professor Theodor Nasemann was published in 1981. Fundamentals of Dermatology is an American revised translation by Walter C. H. Burgdorf, MD, of the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. Burgdorf believed that both students and nondermatologic physicians in the United States would find it a useful primer for the study of cutaneous diseases. The six months he spent as a guest physician at a skin clinic in Frankfurt, Germany, directed by Nasemann optimally qualifies him for this task.
To the original text, Burgdorf has added chapters on tropical dermatology and cutaneous surgery, the latter is authored by Roland G. Wheeland, MD, also of the University of Oklahoma.
Throughout the book, dermatologic therapy is adapted to American practice. To enlarge the scope of treatment for the various skin conditions, Burgdorf composed an appendix called
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