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March 6, 1948

Common Skin Diseases

JAMA. 1948;136(10):727. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890270069030

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The eighth edition of Roxburgh's popular book is, like the previous editions, a clearly written, practical presentation of the subject. It is a personal book reflecting the author's experience in practice rather than a compilation of the abstracts from the literature. The scope is limited to the more commonly encountered diseases of the skin, and emphasis is given to differential diagnosis and treatment, although some of the drugs recommended will be unfamiliar to American readers. It includes a thorough consideration of the antibiotics, particularly penicillin, and it considers also such new developments in dermatology, as the role of DDT for certain parasitic diseases and calciferol for lupus vulgaris. A number of new illustrations have been added, all of which are clear and well selected. The print is large and on good stock. This book warrants the good reception afforded the previous editions.