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April 3, 1937

Skin Diseases in Children

JAMA. 1937;108(14):1209-1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140065038

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This book can well be recommended for what it is intended to be, a practical useful edition for practitioners in general medicine. It is a clinical presentation throughout, the anatomy, physiology and pathologic descriptions being omitted, and the authors also avoided emphasis on precise dermatologic refinements. For these the reader is referred to larger dermatologic textbooks. The classification employed is a convenient one; there is a chapter on diseases in which pyogenic bacteria are etiologic factors, and others concern diseases due to fungi, drug eruptions, the eczema group, erythema group, new growths and congenital defects. The discussions are in good balance, with proper emphasis on the diseases that are encountered most frequently, and they are described plainly and with clear word pictures. The exanthems are omitted. The treatment is orthodox, and throughout there are prescription formulas that can be compounded readily by any pharmacist. The illustrations, all in black and white, are well selected. Altogether the book is a sound introduction to practical clinical dermatology, with especial emphasis on conditions that are encountered in children.

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