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June 1954

An Atlas of the Commoner Skin Diseases

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(6):766. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540180116024

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In the "Preface to the First Edition," the author states: "The purpose of this Atlas is to portray from the living subject, and in natural colour, a collection of the dermatoses most frequently seen in the routine of outpatient practice."

In this, the Fourth Edition, the same purpose is attempted and for the most part the plates illustrate satisfactorily the various cutaneous diseases. However, some of the illustrations are poorly chosen, and the color reproductions are not good. For example, no dermatologist could recognize urticaria pigmentosa from the illustration in this Atlas, and there are other examples quite similar. Sarcoidosis is not mentioned except in the text of Tuberculosis Nodularis.

The book is in two sections: the first illustrates the more common skin conditions, and the second, the less common diseases. Such a distinction seems questionable, for at least in the United States certain of the "common skin diseases"

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