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May 1949

Handbook of Diseases of the Skin

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;59(5):593-594. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01520300103018

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This new volume by the Suttons carries on a well established family tradition of dermatologic textbook writing. It is intermediate in size between the "Synopsis" and the "Introduction to Dermatology" by the same authors. Literally, it is a handbook, both by title and by virtue of the tremendous wealth of material the authors have packed between the covers of this conveniently sized book.

It is well bound and is replete with 1,057 illustrations. There are hundreds of clinical photographs, and the authors have attempted to include at least one picture of each entity. Unfortunately, however, many of the photographs are too small to portray detail accurately and accordingly are of little value. The authors would have done better to have used larger, illustrative pictures instead of the many vague small ones. This same comment also applies to some of the histopathologic photomicrographs.

The book is heavily documented, the bibliographic references

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