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I admit it. I have always found the ichthyoses a bland group of disorders that were haphazardly classified and described. While most of us are quite familiar with the four major ichthyoses, the 20 or so others remain tucked away in some back recess of the mind or on a library shelf. So it is particularly remarkable that Heiko Traupe's The Ichthyoses won me over and evoked in me a new-found interest and fascination with these disorders.
What makes the book so unique is Dr Traupe's writing style. Much of the book reads with the rhythm of a novel. The author's mastery of the subject is clear and each disorder is presented from a personal viewpoint, refreshingly unusual for a modern scientific treatise. Each chapter is laced with personal observations and opinions, although these are never confused with hard data.
The author proposes a logical system for classifying the ichthyoses
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