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A book of dermatology emphasizing the problems met in general practice is needed. It is still needed. As the choice of the experts of some of the special sections was fortuitous, the articles on peripheral vascular diseases, the exanthems and the diseases of the oral mucous membranes are excellent. The articles on pruritus and syphilis are also commendable. Attention is called to a short chapter on page 166 emphasizing that there is no reason to believe that inadequate surgery can be salvaged by anything short of a carcinocidal dose of irradiation. This is a valid statement regarding the problem of postoperative irradiation of cancer in any location.
There are some controversial statements, which cannot go unchallenged: that the addition of cystine to the diet favors the growth of hair; that poor scalp hygiene plays a role in premature alopecia; that massaging and ultraviolet ray are effective in the treatment of
Dermatology in General Practice. JAMA. 1948;137(9):819. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890430061024