by A. Bernard Ackerman, 352 pp, $45, New York, Masson Publishing USA Inc, 1984, vol 6.
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Since this "book," actually a journal volume, is without precedent in my experience, the following paragraphs will not attempt to review its content but rather to introduce the reader to what may be a new art form.
What is new? From time to time, many journals publish articles related to one topic as a single volume, as either a supplement or a regular issue. For example, the several Clinics of North America are usually topic oriented. Even the American Journal of Dermatopathology has devoted entire volumes to one subject. However, aside from the fact that journal subscribers are not usually charged extra for supplements, articles in such a volume usually have not been previously published in their entirety. Examples of this latter phenomenon in Dr Ackerman's book include "Precursors to Malignant Melanoma," published by the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, and "A Critique of Surgical Practice in Excision of
Gilchrest BA. The American Journal of Dermatopathology: Malignant Melanoma and Other Melanocytic Neoplasms. Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1339. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100119031