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Although there are numerous textbooks in English on dermatology, there is room for the new one by Becker and Obermayer because of its excellence. It is unusually well written in clear and simple language and is remarkably well illustrated. Although the book is primarily intended for general practitioners and students, it contains much valuable information for dermatologists. It lives up to its title in being modern and up-to-date. Space has been allotted to subjects according to their importance, some of the rarer dermatoses and tropical diseases of the skin having been omitted.
The authors have tried to avoid the cyclopedic type of textbook and have laid emphasis on their own ideas. Their classification of diseases of the skin differs somewhat from those commonly used. To make the volume more informal they have included a section at the beginning of each chapter which they term "orientation." As they state, this is
Modern Dermatology and Syphilology. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(4):750. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490160210027
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