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February 20, 1967

Synopsis of Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn

JAMA. 1967;199(8):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120080124036

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This first-rate new text wants to provide the nondermatologist with "concise but pertinent information, methods of diagnosis, and the treatment of common and some uncommon skin disorders." It fulfills this goal exceptionally well, achieving a difficult compromise between the short outline and the encyclopedic reference work. Concepts of pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment are fully up-to-date and are presented in a clear straightforward manner that is refreshingly free of eponyms and obsolete terminology. A chapter on regional diagnosis is well conceived and useful. The illustrations are superb and the references carefully chosen, although insufficient in number for follow-up of many subjects. Although the organization and classification of disease entities is unconventional, often illogical, and hard to follow, this shortcoming is offset by a good index.

Inevitably, omissions and oversimplification occur in a book of this type. In general, the authors give appropriate stress to disorders most commonly encountered. The most pervasive