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March 1985

Microbial Skin Disease: Its Epidemiology

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(3):422-423. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660030144040

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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.

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