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May 1938

Cutaneous Cancer and Precancer: A Practical Monograph

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(5):932. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480110198020

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This monograph by Drs. MacKee and Cipollaro is invaluable. In chapter 1 the authors show that in approximately 6 per cent of deaths due to cancer the lesion originates in the skin or in the oral membranes. The remainder of the book shows how the mortality from this group of accessible cancers can be reduced.

In chapter 2 the authors have listed the precancerous dermatoses clearly and concisely. Every physician should be familiar with the chapter in which the authors describe lesions which in their clinical experience have proved to be potentially cancerous. The concise descriptions of the nineteen precancerous dermatoses are illustrated by clinical photographs of typical lesions, which should be useful to physicians in the early diagnosis of dangerous and often neglected diseases. The mortality from cancer would be greatly reduced if the danger signs were recognized early and proper treatment were instituted. It is this chapter that

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