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September 1943

Synopsis of Diseases of the Skin

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(3):357. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510030110017

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For medical students, for nurses—and even for dermatologists as a quick, concise reference work—this book is of value. Grouping of the contents on an etiologic basis helps the student to obtain a general understanding of diseases of the skin and provides the teacher with a systematic outline which can be easily followed. There are hundreds of bibliographic references scattered through the text. The more common the disease, the greater is the amount of space devoted to its discussion. Rare diseases, if mentioned at all are but briefly considered.

The authors have followed the "Standard Nomenclature of Disease," omitting synonyms and eponyms in most instances. However, it is difficult to understand why such terms as "lymphogranuloma inguinale" and "lymphopathia venerea" should be used. The effort to rescue the term "eczema" from "the trash heap" of dermatology, while not entirely successful, is commendable and will be a help to all

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