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August 23, 1941

Essentials of Dermatology

JAMA. 1941;117(8):657. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820340079028

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Tobias presents an excellent compact synopsis on dermatology in which, "as far as practical, each disease is discussed from the standpoint of internal medicine." The subject matter of the book is divided into thirty sections, e. g. the erythema group, the eczema group, drug eruptions, the toxic bullous diseases, diseases due to physical agents, diseases due to psychic and nervous disorders, tuberculosis of the skin, the deep infective dermatoses, syphilis and malignant growths of the skin, the metabolic disorders, pigmentations, the lymphoblastomas, the erythrodermias and a section on dermatologic therapeutics. All the subjects are discussed well in a succinct manner with a good literary style. Under metabolic dermatoses the avitaminoses are discussed. The accepted newer concepts in dermatology are incorporated in the discussions in the book. In the first section, on basic survey, under etiologic factors the author discusses atopy and nonatopic allergy together with drug, bacterial and physical allergy.

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