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July 1991

Leprosy: A Concise Text

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Los Angeles, Calif

 

ed 1, by K. K. Kotichar, 393 pp, with 73 color and 43 black-and-white illus, $60, Bombay, India, Darshan K. Koticha, 1990.

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(7):1089. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680060165038

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Abstract

This book by Dr Koticha consists of 11 sections subdivided into 34 chapters, 13 appendixes, over 960 references, an index, an errata page, a good number of illustrations, and 393 pages, not including 14 pages of introductory material. The topics covered are done so in a concise manner and include virtually every aspect of this protean illness including bacteriology, immunology, pathology, clinical changes, classification, chemotherapy, physiotherapy surgery, and control programs. The appendixes deal with many practical matters including biopsy technique, staining methods, determinations of serum drug levels, organization of a chart for a leprosy patient, and a model quiz for health care workers. The author, superintendent of the Acworth Leprosy Hospital, Bombay, India, directs his miniencyclopedia toward medical students, postgraduate students, and practitioners who reside where leprosy is a common, important problem.

Some of the sections include extensive introductory material, presumably for the benefit of undergraduates perhaps unfamiliar, for example,

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