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If one approves of quiz compends, this little book by the late Professor Stelwagon is certainly one of the best. In the old days of cramming for examinations, it was comprehensible why these compends were used. An outline, or a very much condensed book, known in French as a précis, would be preferable, and could be condensed into a much smaller space. The saving in question marks alone would amount apparently to several pages. Taking at random any one disease, for instance, lichen planus, there is a marked waste of words. "What is lichen planus?" could be condensed into one word, "Definition." The next heading, "Describe the symptoms of lichen planus," could be condensed into "Symptoms"; the next, "What is the etiology of lichen planus?" could be condensed into "Etiology"; the next, "Does the disease bear any resemblance to the miliary papular syphilid, psoriasis and papular eczema?" could be condensed
Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Including Syphilis. Arranged in the Form of Questions and Answers. Prepared Especially for Students of Medicine. JAMA. 1922;79(18):1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640180077038
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