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June 1994

Practical Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Essex Junction, Vt


by Beth G. Goldstein and Adam O. Goldstein, 310 pp, with 127 color illus, St Louis, Mo, Mosby—Year Book Inc, 1992.

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(6):812-813. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690060150033

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Practical Dermatology was written by a wife-and-husband team; she, a dermatologist, and he, a family practitioner. The collaboration has resulted in an excellent book for primary caregivers and medical students and has much to teach to even specialists in dermatology. The book has three parts: the ''Art of Dermatology,'' an introduction to basics and procedures of dermatology; ''Common Skin Dermatoses,'' an alphabetical listing of the same; and ''Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease and Miscellaneous Disorders,'' including connective tissue diseases and internal malignancies. Included in the text are excellent chapters on dermatologic techniques; sexually transmitted diseases; and special problems, including dermatologic problems among newborns, blacks, patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, and geriatric patients.

The format in which each disease is presented is an especially good aspect of this book. Every topic includes a classic description, including distribution and a primary and secondary characteristic of lesions; diagnosis; differential diagnosis; treatment;

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