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January 1989

A More Colorful Archives

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(1):107. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670130109017

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It is difficult, if not impossible, to describe the true appearance of an eruption without reference to its color. How does one illustrate the red-man syndrome in tones of gray? Most illustrations accompanying articles in dermatologic journals are reproduced in black and white. This is rarely the preference of the authors and editors, but is primarily a reflection of the considerable costs of producing color illustrations in scientific publications. As it is, the $400 charge per page of printed color photographs only covers the cost of converting color slides into fourcolor film separations. The actual cost to the journal is substantially more and reflects the additional costs of paper, inks, printing plates, and often the use of special presses.

One of the pleasures in making a dermatologic diagnosis through examining cutaneous lesions and histopathologic specimens is viewing the panoply of pale to bright hues. As a clinician, I take genuine

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