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June 10, 1968

The Palms and Soles in Medicine

JAMA. 1968;204(11):1012. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140240068030

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Acral afflictions occurring as extension of a generalized cutaneous process, or as a counterpart of systemic disease, is the subject of this handsome volume. Although the topic has received frequent sporadic attention, this is the first attempt to assemble and categorize all facets of this capacious field.

The result is a unique and classic text that provides informative, enjoyable reading and a weighty reference source. Rather than merely furnishing a collection of syndromes, the authors have supplemented the discussions with historic, genetic, physiologic, investigative, and comparative backgrounds. When the condition is not primary, the accounts of palmar and plantar dermatoses are extensively augmented by lengthy descriptions of the basic disorder. This zeal is, however, occasionally cumbersome.

To present an encyclopedic treatise encompassing all conditions affecting the palms and soles, the authors have explored the literature of widespread sources. The factual material covered is enormous. Embryologic development and unique structural characteristics