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May 1991

Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass; Leiden, the Netherlands

 

by Bernard Roger Allen, 102 pp, with illus, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag NY Inc, 1990.

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(5):751. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680040163032

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Abstract

This book, which carries a somewhat broad title, consists of 10 sets of 20 multiple-choice questions on basic dermatology. Each question is composed of a stem followed by five statements, none of which derives from or excludes the others. Together with the correct answers, concise explanatory notes are given. According to the author, the book covers a range of topics from anatomy, physiology, and pathology to symptoms, signs, and treatment. However, the vast majority of the questions cover clinical differential diagnostic problems and therapy, while questions on diagnostic laboratory assays and dermatopathology are absent.

The subjects treated correlate roughly with the incidence at which the diseases are encountered in clinical practice, which enhances the practical usefulness of this book. The questions are presented in random order, and no systematic approach by subject is offered. The questions are preceded by a well-written, brief introductory note of the author on "how to

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