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September 10, 1982

Cutaneous Aspects of Internal Disease

JAMA. 1982;248(10):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330100072043

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The field of dermatology is getting so complex that one person can no longer have the latest knowledge on all its facets. Thus, in Cutaneous Aspects of Internal Disease, the author has enlisted the aid of 44 co-contributors. The author himself has written or coauthored 14 of the chapters.

The book contains six sections: "Rheumatology," "Vascular Diseases," "Hematology and Oncology," "Cardiopulmonary Disorders," "Endocrinologic and Metabolic Disorders," and a "Miscellaneous Group," including gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, and neurocutaneous conditions.

An outstanding feature of this book is that the chapters are short, and one does not have to read a great deal to get to the essential points. The usual tendency is to increase the size of a book with each new edition. I trust that this will not be the case with this book.

As is usual with a book having multiple authors, there are some chapters that stand out. I particularly