by Richard L. Dobson and Donald C. Abele, 339 pp, with 417 illus, $32.50, New York, JB Lippincott, 1985.
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Drs Dobson and Abele set out to provide a practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. The authors state that the book is intended for all physicians and students with less dermatologic experience than the authors. The material is presented without references. The book has multiple case presentations to illustrate problems commonly encountered in practice, and the authors often list guidelines for the management of a particular problem that they feel is important. The authors often present only one therapeutic option with the explanation that this option is the best option, in their opinion. This review will answer the following questions: (1) have the authors succeeded in fulfilling the goals set out in the preface, (2) what are the strengths and weaknesses of the book, and (3) what is the audience best-suited for this book?
In my opinion, Drs Dobson and Abele have been extremely successful in
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