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June 18, 1960

Pediatric Dermatology

JAMA. 1960;173(7):851. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020250107029

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This book substantiates one definition of the specialist, i. e., a man who knows more and more about less and less. The author is qualified for this task by his training in both pediatrics and dermatology, his certification by both specialty boards, as well as his teaching of both subjects. The book is written from the pediatrician's viewpoint. It is not just another dermatological textbook that includes only a few subjects of particular import to children. Rather, there is reference to such things as disease incidence, differential diagnosis, and prognosis as they apply to children, and the differences, if they exist, from what may be true for adults.

The extensive formulary is a valuable part of the volume, and even in other sections there is unusual stress on therapy. Almost every page offers one or more prescriptions and definite and detailed directions for treatment. This helpful emphasis on drugs and

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