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March 1952

Regional Dermatologic Diagnosis: A Practical System of Dermatology for the Non-Specialist

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1952;65(3):378. doi:10.1001/archderm.1952.01530220119022

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This book will find favor with the busy general practitioner who, in observing, for example, an eruption on the ear, need only turn to the page or chart listing the possibilities as to regional diagnosis. The advisability of breaking dermatology down into specific regions as a means of diagnosing and/or treating disease entities may be debatable. The book is well organized, however, and the illustrations seem to depict well the intended entities.

Although Dr. Epstein has intended this book for nondermatologists and students, the latter may be misled by the apparent ease with which a diagnosis may be made, merely by the location of the process. It seems more advisable in evaluating a dermatologic problem to view the patient as a whole and not by isolated segments of his body.

Appendix A, which mentions briefly the commonest dermatoses, and Appendix B, listing some of the commoner therapeutic measures, are definitely

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