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August 1939

The Common Diseases of the Skin: A Handbook for Students and Medical Practitioners

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(2):344. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490020171028

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The third edition of the excellent little book by Cranston Low is most welcome. It is practical and clearly written and contains 148 illustrations, which are extremely good. These include photographs of moulages and of patients and histologic and diagrammatic drawings, the latter being taken from the author's collection. They are well chosen and excellently reproduced on heavy, glossy paper.

The text is based on the author's lectures to his students, and, as he says, many views, especially about causation, are necessarily dogmatic. The sections on therapy show the author's experience and willingness to express definite opinions. In speaking of colloidal manganese, widely used in recent years (in England) for furunculosis, he says the "results are good in cases which would probably cure themselves but in long standing cases of recurring boils, I have found it quite useless."

As certain dermatoses are not seen with equal frequency in Great Britain

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