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May 28, 1982

Clinical Dermatology: An Illustrated Textbook

JAMA. 1982;247(20):2833. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320450065043

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Rona M. MacKie is professor of dermatology at the University of Glasgow. Her aim in writing this book was "to introduce modern clinical dermatology in a stimulating manner both to undergraduate students and general practitioners who wish to update their dermatological knowledge." She has succeeded admirably.

The more common dermatoses are described clearly, and the color photographs graphically complement the text. The tables, scientific illustrations, and electron micrographs are well done and effectively extend the written material.

In a few instances the treatment recommended differs from that customarily used in the United States. For example, her antiacne regimen includes topical sulfur, salicylic acid, and resorcin, agents generally discarded here for acne, while topical vitamin A acid is not mentioned. Tetracycline is used commonly here in high dosage (1,000 to 1,500 mg daily) for long periods, whereas in Professor MacKie's clinic the dosage is reduced to 250 mg twice daily after