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May 1986

Handbook of Paediatric Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Marshfield, Wis

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(5):598-599. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660170128036

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This 18- × 24-cm hardcover "handbook" will not fit into the largest of my pockets. "Annotated atlas" is a better description. The 128 color photographs are mostly excellent in quality, well chosen, and appropriately labeled. The generous page margins (8 of 18 cm) and more than 20 almost completely blank pages will be appreciated by the trainees using this book, who will need ample room for notes. The text is a thin distillate of existing work, however.

Details of illness vary. In general, the more serious the illness, the fewer the details. An exception is the highlighted details of management of xeroderma pigmentosum. There is no mention of solar protection for the average child, nor of the worldwide increase in malignant melanoma. The topics of small congenital nevi and dysplastic nevi are totally absent. Erythema chronicum migrans with Lyme disease, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and congenital (but not neonatal) candidiasis fall

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