January 1997

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology and Dermatopathology

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Denver, Colo


by A. B. Ackerman, 327 pp, Baltimore, Md, Promethean Medical Press Ltd, 1995.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(1):117. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890370129033

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Ackerman, a prolific author of dermatopathology books, has completed a volume that he considers his most original and daring. The book was fun to read and stimulated a range of emotions. It has been said that half of what we are taught in medicine is incorrect; we just don't know which half. This volume does not resolve the quandaries about what is right or wrong in dermatopathology. It may create as many quandaries as it resolves; however, it does stimulate the reader to think about some of these puzzles. As Ackerman explains at the end of the book, the term resolving does not mean "to imply that those conundra have now been solved. In time, some of the concepts advanced in these pages may be demonstrated to be correct... others, doubtlessly, will be proved wrong."

The table of contents lists 100 quandaries that have been proposed by 3 of Ackerman's

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