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August 27, 1982

Skin Diseases: Diagnosis and Management in Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn


by Steven A. Binnick, 323 pp, with illus, $26.95, Menlo Park, Calif, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):992-993. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080066039

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Dr Binnick's book is directed at the practicing generalist, the primary care physician, and, although it avows to stay with the most common problems, it is surprisingly broad in scope. The information is provided in an interesting format in which diseases are first grouped by their morphology or etiology, followed by a standard presentation of definition, clinical manifestations, diagnostic clues, differential diagnosis, perhaps comments, and always treatment. Highlights are set apart in the left-hand column to permit skimming. The photoplates, largely black and white, are quite helpful. As one who has worked with and contrasted the clinical presentations of dermatologic lesions on color television against direct viewing and against black and white, I know that accurate diagnoses can be made from black-and-white representations. The text information is adequate and fairly current; the annotated bibliography is a real plus.

Dermatologists will be impressed to see a textbook of modest size compressed