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December 6, 1952

A Handbook of Diseases of the Skin.

JAMA. 1952;150(14):1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680140079030

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Dr. Mackey believes that the increasing size and complexity of standard dermatology texts tend to discourage students from reading them. As a result, he has written this condensed guide to the clinical study and treatment of skin diseases. He admits that it is difficult to give an adequate account of even the commoner skin diseases in a small volume, but he has succeeded in condensing much useful information in the available space. Students and practitioners will find some chapters adequate for their purposes, while other chapters will require supplementary reading. The sections on general diagnosis and on principles of external therapy are especially helpful. The value of the book could be enhanced by increasing the number and improving the quality of the illustrations and by coordinating them more closely with the text. Good illustrations are essential in dermatological teaching, since so much of cutaneous diagnosis is visual. In addition, the

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