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May 2, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(1):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010108043

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The latest edition of this German textbook contains no drastic improvements over the last edition. It has not been brought up to present standards of dermatological medicine. New advances in the field of dermatology are briefly and inadequately incorporated, and recent discoveries, such as the "L.E." cell in lupus erythematosus, are not even mentioned. Many familiar and less familiar skin diseases are omitted. Physiological problems are hardly discussed; thus the association between cholesterol metabolism and the xanthomatoses is not even mentioned. A textbook of this size should at least contain the histopathology of the commonest cutaneous entities. Most of the recommended treatment is obsolete. The antibiotics have not been given proper recognition. They are mentioned, usually in small print, when actually they are the drugs of choice. Cortisone and corticotropin should certainly have been mentioned, despite their limited availability in Europe. In the treatment of venereal diseases, the authors give

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