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The Drs Shelley have presented us with a scholarly, appealing tome on the treatment of skin disease. It is reassuringly extensive, yet refreshingly concise, and presents a rare, over-the-shoulder glimpse of how a master of the specialty practices the art. The book is for those who are confident in their dermatologic diagnosis; it is not for the neophyte and makes no pretense of teaching materia dermatologica.
Diagnoses tabulated alphabetically facilitate retrieval without consulting the index. In a most readable, literary approach to the intricacies and psychological overlay of the diagnosis, each is presented in a few paragraphs: what is known and unknown about the problem, the medical assessments that may be indicated, and the pitfalls that should be avoided. Then follows a succinct, annotated bibliography that culls from the literature recommended therapies, what might rightfully be anticipated from them, and their limitations. These bibliographies give flesh and breath to the
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