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November 20, 1948

Modern Trends in Dermatology

JAMA. 1948;138(12):928-929. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900120070030

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This excellent volume is a collection of eighteen articles on recent advances and knowledge relating to dermatology. The majority of chapters have been written by outstanding specialists in collateral branches of medicine. The wisdom of this choice is evidenced by the ability of these authorities to assess scientifically the value of new discoveries in their special subjects. Although primarily written for the dermatologist, this book also serves to clarify some of the interrelationships between dermatology and internal medicine.

The volume is introduced by a brilliant chapter on the mechanism of research, emphasizing the need for fundamental thinking and creative work in functional fields. How wide is the abyss between the gifted observer of the commonplace and the sterile case reporter of one more unimaginatively studied and unimportant rarity! The chapter on nutrition is written with disarming candor. In it, Marrack states that while the treatment of some diseases of the

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