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November 27, 1948

Gardiner's Handbook of Skin Disease

JAMA. 1948;138(13):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900130068032

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The reader will find this book interesting but not of great practical value. The interest lies in the author's descriptive writing and in his broad concept of dermatology, both of which will appeal to the practitioner rather than to the undergraduate student. As in most handbooks which try to cover a vast field in small space, the descriptions and discussions are much too brief and there are no references to pertinent literature. Emphasis is placed on the common dermatoses, and many of the newer developments in dermatology have been included in this edition, but the author's methods of treatment differ somewhat from those practiced in this country. The book does have the virtue of being a personal work in every sense, reflecting the author's views and experience both in civilian and military practice. As such, it should be a worth while addition to any one's dermatologic library.

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