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April 1995

A Manual of Dermatology for Developing Countries

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Newtonville, Mass

 

2nd ed, by Orlando Canizares, 370 pp, with black-and-white and color illus, $24.95, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(4):499. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690160129030

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Abstract

The stated targeted readership of this book are physicians, medical students, and health workers in developing countries. This manual, however, should be considered a valuable source of balanced dermatologic basic information strengthened by the emphasis and wealth of knowledge that the author imparts on tropical diseases and disorders affected by the socioeconomic and cultural environment of developing countries.

The manual is divided into 20 chapters and two appendixes, one a practical formulary and the other a topographical diagnosis. The first chapter is on fundamentals, including structure and function of the skin, physical diagnosis, glossary, and basic concepts of therapy. Wellorganized and comprehensive, this chapter could be the core of information that any medical student or a first-year resident in dermatology needs to capture in his or her first exposure to this field.

The second chapter, on the other hand, becomes the distinguishing feature of this manual and, on its merits,

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