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Book and New Media Reviews
January 1998

Cutaneous Infection and Therapy

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(1):119-120. doi:

In their preface, the editors state that this book, part of a series entitled Basic and Clinical Dermatology, "reviews the latest developments in the field and summarizes current knowledge, hypotheses, and opinions." If their intent was to provide authoritative, analytic, and clinically useful reviews of important topics about dermatologic infections, this volume is disappointing. A salient problem is the editors' choice of material, which is frequently of little practical interest to clinicians. One chapter discusses the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome epidemic in the context of previous plagues, making several broad historical generalizations unsupported by any references; 2 chapters involve an antiviral agent, imiquimod, that has not advanced beyond animal studies; and another chapter discusses very preliminary clinical data on cidofovir, a drug that is not yet commercially available.

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