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June 18, 1982

Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Tufts University School of Medicine and The New England Medical Center Boston


by Anthony N. Domonkos, Harry L. Arnold, Jr, and Richard B. Odom, ed 7; 1,108 pp, 1,277 illus, $58, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;247(23):3268. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320480074037

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This textbook is designed to be a "compact, concise, single volume... clinically oriented working text" for all physicians. This is an ambitious and worthwhile goal.

The book includes brief chapters on pathophysiology and cutaneous diagnosis, in addition to more than 1,000 pages devoted to clinical dermatology. The material is organized along traditional dermatologic lines, though sometimes in a confusing fashion. For instance, Reiter's syndrome is included in the section on bacterial infections, and endocrine diseases, hypertrophies, atrophies, and dermal elastosis are grouped in a single chapter.

The black-and-white photographs are generally of good quality, and as might be expected there are relatively few photographs of the histology. The style is conversational, and the text is easily readable. There are numerous references by name in the text to the work of various authors; unfortunately, many of these are not included in the full list of literature cited at the end of