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May 2, 1953

Diseases of the Skin: A Manual for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1953;152(1):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010108042

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For 30 years MacKenna's book has been one of the reliable standard texts in dermatology, because it is authoritative, interestingly written, and well illustrated. The fifth edition, like the preceding ones, fulfills needs of the student as well as the general practitioner. The descriptions of the various diseases are excellent and concise; differences between seemingly similar diseases are stressed; and directions for treatment are plain and, in many instances, dogmatic. There are 27 chapters covering the field of dermatology from the fundamentals such as anatomy and physiology, through therapy and the various diseases of the skin and its appendages, to an appendix listing favored prescriptions. Twenty-seven colored plates contain about 40 illustrations that are adequate although they are not always true color reproductions. The black and white illustrations are excellent. The author recommends, contrary to practice in this country, that syphilis be treated with arsenicals and bismuth in addition to

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