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October 17, 1891

A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Skin.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(16):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410940030005

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The plates of this work are a distinguishing characteristic. The avoidance of the misleading effect of the ordinary chromo-lithographic illustrations is to be commended. The plates were prepared from photographs, many of which were taken by the author himself, with artificial light which he says he prefers to ordinary daylight. The result is much more than the ordinary one in the effort to represent the appearance of pathological changes in the skin, and approaches more nearly the effect secured in wax preparations in demonstrating skin disease. The method has the advantage over such preparations of affording an exact photographic illustration of a case in clinical practice, which is always more satisfactory, if well executed, because of its being known to have existed, than any preparation however skilfully executed.

The text is concise—the descriptions are good, and the work will be recognized as entirely modern. The paper and presswork are superior

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