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May 1974

Dermal Pathology.

Author Affiliations

Iowa City


Edited by James H. Graham, MD; Waine C. Johnson, MD; and Elson B. Helwig, MD. Price, $45. Pp 818, with 1,155 illustrations, 9 color plates, and 77 color photographs. Harper & Row, Publishers, 2350 Virginia Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(5):875. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320170151029

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When the first sentence of its preface contains a major grammatical error, a curious typographical error appears eight lines later, and the final three entries in the table of contents are out of order and list incorrect page numbers, then a book stands immediately at a significant psychological disadvantage—at least to me. Although more than 800 pages in length, this volume attempts no comprehensive survey of dermal pathology. Yet the reader is provided neither the logic that governed inclusion nor an indication of what was omitted. Another curious feature is the presentation of a few diseases at exhaustive length (eg, 27 pages for stasis dermatitis) including a detailed report of the authors' research study, in the manner of a journal article.

This first five chapters provide useful introductory information about the anatomy of the skin and how to learn from study of its microscopic features. Chapter 6 is a sort

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