by Konrad Bork and Wolfgang Bräuninger, 247 pp, with color illus, $89, Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co; 1988.
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The preface to a medical book is important. In this new color atlas with text, the two West German authors state that "this book was written for the primary care physician, and should also be useful for internists and pediatricians." They have accomplished their goal and we have at hand a superbly presented work. It has an elegant cloth cover, high-quality paper, a simple and effective design, and excellent color photographs.
The emphasis is on common disorders, and the presentation is color photography with an apposite text-synopsis of diagnosis and treatment. If this book is intended for nondermatologist physicians, a brief introduction to the diagnosis of dermatologic lesions and diseases would be helpful for orientation.
There are a few difficulties, as in every work in which the English text is a translation from the original language. These largely center around the therapy, especially Part V, "Selected Commercial Preparations and Prescriptions
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