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July 1988

Neurocutaneous Diseases

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edited by Manuel Rodriguez, 401 pp, with illus, $64.95, Stoneham, Mass, Butterworth Publishers Inc, 1987.

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(7):1137. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670070101038

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This is the first text dealing exclusively with those diseases affecting both the skin and the nervous system. The relationship between those organ systems has been long appreciated, and a systematic approach to classification and clinical features in a single reference is welcomed. Dr Gomez and his 40 contributors have essentially covered all of the major neurocutaneous diseases, as well as those rarer conditions that are recognized entities. They have avoided diseases that are exceptionally rare or that have been reported as single cases.

Several of the entities are well covered, having full discussions of clinical features and signs and symptoms. There are numerous clinical photographs and illustrations of the findings on magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomographic scans—all of good quality.

As with all texts having multiple authors or contributors, there is a problem with consistency. The chapters on neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis are superb. Many of the entities,

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