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Metacritically, the encyclopedic format is this book's biggest handicap. The authors specifically address an audience of dermatologic innocents, yet to use their book one must know beforehand the diagnosis. Although the clinical descriptions are well written and concise, the therapeutic suggestions can be vague or overly concocted. The absence of color photographs is a further drawback, hardly offset by the gimmicky graphic demonstrations of male-to-female ratios.
I have asked my medical students and nondermatology residents to refer to this book when they are confronted by a disease they have not yet seen. Their reception has been lukewarm, as is mine.
Bernhardt M. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(6):719. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660180127031