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November 19, 1927

The Skin: Its Care and Treatment.

JAMA. 1927;89(21):1805-1806. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690210071038

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In the preface to this book on the care of the skin the author announces his intention "to recommend such simple measures as may be used, with benefit, in some of its afflictions, and to emphasize the most gratifying results obtainable in the treatment of skin diseases, especially if instituted early." The descriptions of the various diseases are so meager, however, that no layman, by this aid alone, could differentiate ringworm from circinate impetigo, or alopecia areata from microsporon infection of the scalp. The layman is likely to accept as axiomatic all statements appearing in such books. He is led to believe that no controversial statement is to be found therein. When dermatologists fail to agree on some subjects, what is the poor layman to do? In the opinion of this author, cold cream can take on the quality of a habit-forming drug in some cases: "It is best not

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