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October 20, 1962

The Skin; a Handbook

JAMA. 1962;182(3):316. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050420092031

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Sutton's The Skin should be subtitled An Evening (or 2) with Richard Sutton. Suttonisms, which friends anticipate in his conversation, appear with delightful regularity, and the reader who is familiar with the author will doubly enjoy the identifying passages. Sutton puts the reader at ease, and his homespun (but not corny) style makes one want to continue reading.

No one doubts Sutton's authority to write a book on clinical dermatology; he is eminently qualified to do so. Moreover, he has the ability to translate the dermatologist's cloudy jargon into clear, nonprofessional prose. This is a volume for both the intelligent layman and the nondermatologic physician, as well as the sophisticated dermatologist. There is much of real value—old and new—in this book.

It is probably impossible to write a perfect text, but the errors in The Skin are minimal and few. How can we agree, for example, with Sutton's statement that

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