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January 6, 1993

Infectious Diseases: Text and Color Atlas

JAMA. 1993;269(1):109. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500010119051

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Most of us who are asked to give talks to our colleagues, medical students, and residents have a handsome collection of slides upon which to call. Much of that material is tabular or textual. For some lectures, an illustrative example of a disease would be valuable, but sometimes only a few precious slides of characteristic skin lesions or x-ray films are available. Clinicians, when confronted with a perplexing problem in the office or at the bedside, might benefit from a graphic example of a condition. But how many of us have seen a patient with, and have photographs showing, severe opisthotonos or risus sardonicus? A picture of erythema marginatum or cutaneous anthrax is worth at least a thousand words, all the more so when the photographs are razor sharp, in color, and superbly reproduced. How the authors assembled this outstanding collection is mindboggling!

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