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June 1991

Neoplasms With Eccrine Differentiation

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(6):927. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680050173033

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This book will be eagerly received by Ackermaniacs. Those of us who had had some stylistic reservations about Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases (the oversize format, huge margins, and lack of references) but who, nonetheless, bought copies and used them I think will be pleased with Neoplasms With Eccrine Differentiation by Drs Abenoza and Ackerman. The production values of this monograph are more subdued and less distracting. As with all of Dr Ackerman's work, there is a remarkable clarity (and sometimes baldness) of expression. One may not agree with all he says, but he never hides under a topknot of scholarly obfuscation.

The preface of this book clearly states its goals and hints at difficult issues to come in the diagnosis of eccrine neoplasms. For both the beginner and the experienced dermatopathologist, chapters 1 through 5 ("Principles of Diagnosis in Dermatopathology," "Embryology of the Skin," "Histology of Eccrine Units,"

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