by Sidney Hurwitz, 416 pp, with illus, Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers Inc, 1985.
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The introduction to Hurwitz's The Skin and Systemic Disease in Children notes that it was written during his long recuperation from legionnaire's disease. I read on with mixed emotions—concerned about his health, but elated about the product of his convalescence.
Clinical Pediatric Dermatology, published in 1980, established Hurwitz as a substantial clinicianauthor. The Skin and Systemic Disease in Children, which complements and extends the earlier work, clearly elevates him into the upper echelon of veteran authors. I have read many second books that are clearly disappointments, the previous attempt obviously having drained all the enthusiasm and intelligence from the subsequent effort. This is certainly not the case with Dr Hurwitz's most recent volume.
It is thorough but not encyclopedic, easy to read but not trivial, directed toward a broad group of family practitioners, pediatricians, and dermatologists but still containing enough in-depth material to be of interest to this reviewer whose
Rasmussen J. The Skin and Systemic Disease in Children. Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(5):598. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660170128035