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October 1924

Handbook of Skin Diseases

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(4):530. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360280124018

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We note with pleasure the appearance of the second edition of Gardiner's handbook. It is an excellent little book. It is difficult to write an introduction of this kind on skin diseases. Most books fail by simply being attempts at condensing the knowledge of the subject and stating it in as few words as possible. Gardiner does not do this. He draws an outline of dermatology as illustrated by the commoner diseases and with a background of knowledge of the whole subject in the author's mind. This is apparently a trait of the Edinburgh school. The reviewer remembers with what pleasure, as a young man, he read Allan Jamieson's "Diseases of the Skin," because it had this philosophical touch, and Gardiner's book in a way reminds one of Jamieson's. It is not an epitome of skin diseases, but it is an excellent introduction to the subject, and can be read

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