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September 1940

Handbook of Skin Diseases

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(3):542. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490150146024

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The author of this small volume has gathered together information on two hundred and fifty-two cutaneous diseases and presents their essential features under the following headings: etymology, synonyms and eponyms, essential nature, diagnostic features, differential diagnosis and treatment.

The title itself prepares the reader for a compact and abbreviated outline of cutaneous disease; however, in some instances the form is almost too telegraphic. The histologic descriptions are good for the most part; a few occupy relatively too much space at the expense of other aspects (especially diagnostic features and treatment), which might have been developed more fully.

The diseases are presented in alphabetical order, which makes it an easy matter to find the desired subject. In addition, the subjects are well indexed, the descriptive name as well as the proper name of an entity being given. Not the least of many notable features is the chapter devoted to general principles

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