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January 17, 1977


Author Affiliations

University of Illinois Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1977;237(3):276-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270300080021

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Although the preface of this work calls it a successor to the earlier Dermatology by Pillsbury-Shelley-Kligman (published in 1956) rather than a revision, the issue is probably one of semantics. Dermatologists who trained during the period when the original "Pillsbury" was the bible of dermatologic teaching in America will be pleased to note a strong family resemblance between the two works. Several chapters have successfully withstood the test of time, appearing almost verbatim in the new work, except for updating of treatment and terminology. Practically unchanged are sections on the principles of clinical diagnosis, examination, and morphology as well as descriptions of viral, fungal, bacterial, and syphilitic infections. Basic organization also remains the same, and many of the 1,094 black and white photographs are repeats from the earlier work.

A new image of the book emerges, however, through inclusion of several entirely new chapters written by 43 contributors who are