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September 1, 1956

Essentials of Dermatology

JAMA. 1956;162(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970180081032

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This textbook should remain popular with medical students and practitioners, as it has through four previous editions. The paragraphs, at the end of each chapter, on nursing aspects should make it of value to nurses also. The author has concentrated on the dermatoses encountered most frequently in practice, but he also discusses briefly many of the less common skin diseases. The rarities have been omitted. A surprising amount of information has been packed into a relatively small volume and presented in a very readable manner. Of particular value is the chapter on dermatological therapeutics, in which the author explains the general principles of topical and physical therapy and presents numerous therapeutic maxims reflecting a wealth of clinical experience. In this edition the chapters on the most common dermatoses have been expanded, the sections on therapy have been brought up-to-date, and 25 new photographs have been added. An occasional minor change

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