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April 1932

Surgical Pathology of the Skin, Fascia, Muscles, Tendons, Blood Vessels.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(4):777-778. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450020799020

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Excluding the first of the five chapters, which is devoted to ulcers, more than half of this volume in the series of monographs on surgical pathology by Hertzler is devoted to tumors of the skin. Hertzler indicates the reason for his interest in these conditions by the interesting statement that "More patients present themselves in this clinic hopelessly sick with malignancies, the result of neglected or maltreated simple lesions of the skin, than from cancer of the uterus or mammary gland or the lip." It is comforting to find a surgeon who realizes the extreme gravity of these lesions when neglected or ignorantly treated, and who interests himself in their study. Without intending to reflect unduly on surgeons, it would undoubtedly be advantageous for more of them to study carefully the lesions of the skin with which they deal, as Hertzler has done.

The topics that Hertzler takes up are

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