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March 16, 1940

Common Skin Diseases

JAMA. 1940;114(11):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110077032

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The original purpose of the author and the publishers was to provide a small compact work for the general practitioner covering the commoner skin diseases. This book deals with 120 of more than 300 skin diseases. The fact that it has already run through four editions attests its popularity. Constant revision has kept it thoroughly abreast of progress. To assist the student, an index of preliminary diagnoses has been placed at the beginning of the book to encourage him to observe accurately the type of lesion of which any given eruption is composed and to serve as a guide in looking up diseases in the book or in larger works. The various diseases are well described, briefly but adequately. Considerable emphasis is placed on differential diagnosis and treatment, and both of these are well handled. Treatment reflects the long experience of the author ; it is brief but very much to the point. In this edition there are fourteen new illustrations, some notes on the new emulsifying bases, indications for administering estrogen and the therapeutic possibilities of sulfanilamide therapy. There are short new articles on the avitaminoses and granuloma annulare. The dosage of roentgen therapy is expressed in roentgens instead of pastilles. The illustrations are excellent. The text is printed with large, legible type on good paper. The book is an excellent one and if its present standard is continued it will remain a popular textbook for years to come.

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