by W. C. Noble, 135 pp, London, Edward Arnold, 1983.
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Occupational Mycoses, by Arthur E. DiSalvo, 247 pp, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1983.
Virus Diseases and the Skin, by T. W. E. Robinson and R. B. Heath, 194 pp, $37.50, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1983.
As a specialist in infectious diseases, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review these three volumes. The skin is the most visible indicator of the presence of infection, and a thorough knowledge of the cutaneous manifestations of specific infectious diseases can lead to instant diagnosis in many cases. Unfortunately, all three books proved disappointing to me, and I suspect that a dermatologist who does not have a solid background in infectious diseases would find them to be of limited value.
I opened Microbial Skin Disease: Its Epidemiology with the greatest enthusiasm. Professor Noble is an eminent microbiologist who has made major contributions to our knowledge of the bacterial flora of the skin.
Goldman DA. Microbial Skin Disease: Its Epidemiology. Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(3):422-423. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660030144040