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December 1988

Dermatology in General Medicine

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Delmar, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(12):1875-1876. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670120079025

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The third edition of this well-known text of dermatology has proved very difficult for me to review objectively and critically.

The third edition (circa 2700 pages) is two unequal volumes of the size of the second edition, and, when stacked, these two volumes are less than 1 in shorter than the first two editions combined. Each volume has a color atlas of 60 pages. These eight color atlases are, for some curious reason, identical in each volume. Certainly, the thickness (over 1 cm) and, presumably, the price could have been reduced by omitting the duplicate photographs.

The first 20 pages (atlases 1 and 2) consist of largely clear, seemingly new, color photographs. Atlas 3 is exactly reproduced from the second edition, save that some of the photographs are arranged differently on the pages. Many of the photographs in this and the subsequent atlases are so small as to be of

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