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November 1939

Aids to Dermatology and Venereal Disease

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By Robert M. B. MacKenna, M.D. Second edition. Price $1.25. Pp. 284, with 7 illustrations. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company (A William Wood & Company publication), 1939.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(5):862. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490050178019

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This handy pocket-sized volume contains a synopsis of present day knowledge of the commonest skin and venereal diseases.

In a clear and concise style the author has covered the most frequently encountered skin diseases. The rarer diseases, such as parapsoriasis and hydroa vacciniforme, are also discussed. Gonorrhea is included, and its symptoms and treatment are thoroughly explained. New drugs, such as sulfanilamide and sulfapyridine, are discussed, especially as to their applications and mode of administration in the treatment of erysipelas, chancroid, gonorrhea and lymphogranuloma venereum.

The chapter on syphilis includes a discussion of not only the cutaneous manifestations but also of the changes in the nervous system, congenital syphilis and serology. For the treatment the author follows the outline suggested by the committee of experts of the Health Organization of the League of Nations.

A few omissions were noticed. Asymptomatic neurosyphilis is not discussed. The genitorectal syndrome of lymphogranuloma venereum

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