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September 1971

Synopsis of Dermatology.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(3):476. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310210152029

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Conciseness and 193 illustrations, 49 in color, are the major virtues of this practical dermatological text, which is aimed at pediatricians, internists, and generalists; not dermatologists. It is an updated version of the four-year-old first edition.

Deserving of special approval are the sections on differential diagnosis under each disease; the 32 pages on regional diagnosis, with a terse paragraph under each entity so catalogued; and 12 pages devoted to drug reactions, organized under various types of response. These are of practical value and are very well done.

Corticosteroid therapy is handled so gingerly that there is sometimes a real failure to present it in a bright enough light. In Stevens-Johnson syndrome, it is said that "systemic corticosteroids will relieve the symptoms and shorten the course if no infection or underlying disease is found." Actually, they may be so urgently indicated to stave off blindness or death that they should be

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