April 1956

The Skin: A Clinicopathologic Treatise.

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By Arthur C. Allen. Price, $25. Pp. 1048, with 495 illustrations. C. V. Mosby Company, 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis 3, 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(4):412. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020414013

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This book is a magnificent and monumental reference work which contains almost two thousand individual clinical and histologic illustrations. The unique experience of the author in general pathology and dermatopathology coupled with his broad scholarship has resulted in an invaluable source of detailed information presented in a clear refreshing fashion. Almost all known abnormalities of the skin are included, with about one-third of the book devoted to tumors. The author presents both sides of many controversial issues. In some instances, as in denying the existence of a true epidermal basement membrane or in insisting that the dendritic melanocytes are not the sole source of melanin pigment, he is probably on the losing side, but in an astonishing comprehension of a vast field he reveals detailed knowledge, as, for example, by questioning the viral etiology of aphthae. His therapeutic optimism, as in Plate 246, in which geographic tongue is reported to

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