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For an undertaking with such a broad definition, this book is compressed into a rather slender volume. In spite of this brevity, Dermatological Signs of Internal Disease turns out to be remarkably comprehensive in that it largely covers the same material found in Braverman's Skin Signs of Systemic Disease. This editorial legerdemain is accomplished by employing a style that resembles the discussions that might be undertaken after rounds, and it is that informality that affords the luxury of forgoing equivocation concerning some controversial materials. Additionally, specific references to the literature are not tied to specific points in the text; general references (for additional reading) are appended to the chapters. This limitation means that this text is not intended as a replacement for Braverman's more academic reference but stands as an eminently readable introduction to the subject for the nondermatologist.
In spite of an overall favorable impression, it is necessary to
Condry PJ. Dermatological Signs of Internal Disease. Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890250115029