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August 1990

Clinical Handbook Series: Psoriasis and Eczema

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(8):1115. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670320139038

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This handbook, edited and authored by dermatologists and a nonclinician-scientist at St Mary's Hospital, London, England, addresses the clinical features, management, and cause of psoriasis and eczema. The most attractive feature of this book, which is divided into six short chapters, is the concise yet relatively thorough coverage of the subject matter.

The chapter on clinical features of psoriasis is quite complete with discussions of epidemiology, clinical patterns, course, and prognosis included. In contrast, a drawback in the section on clinical features of eczema is that the topic, particularly that of contact eczema, cannot be adequately covered in such a short space. Perhaps just a discussion of the endogenous eczemas would have been more appropriate. The author does point out this limitation in the chapter. In both sections there are some excellent-quality color photographs to illustrate the clinical features of each disorder. In the chapter on treatment of psoriasis, all

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