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February 1955

Diseases of the Skin

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(2):287-288. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540260145027

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Dermatologists everywhere will welcome the new (eighth) edition of the familiar "Diseases of the Skin" by the late Dr. Ormsby and Dr. Hamilton Montgomery. It contains numerous changes and improvements by the authors and their collaborators, DeLamater, Farber, Kierland, and Lobitz. The chapter on syphilis has been diminished and that on general physiology and chemistry expanded. Again in this edition the binding, paper, format, and printing are excellent. Minor errors, which often annoy readers, are remarkably few but include some incorrect page headings. Illustrations are numerous (768) but some are old and antiquated. Some older photographs in previous editions have been replaced, but many still fail to give the best possible demonstration of the clinical features. The color plates, too, could probably be improved and used to better advantage (4 of the 11 pages are devoted to radiodermatitis and 1 to rather severe hidradenitis axillaris). Photomicrographs are numerous.

The introductory

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