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January 1957

Essentials of Dermatology

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By Norman Tobias, M.D. Fifth Edition. Price, $8.00. Pp. 651. J. B. Lippincott Company, 227-231 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia 5, 1956.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(1):157-158. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550130159031

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The fifth edition of Tobias' "Essentials of Dermatology," like the previous editions, is difficult to assess. For the most part it is a good book, with emphasis on the practical aspects of dermatology designed to benefit practitioners. The plan of the book is similar to that of the previous editions; basic aspects of dermatology, as the physiological and biochemical, are omitted; the book is profusely illustrated; the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment are given in simple manner. The latter includes useful notes on nursing care and some helpful instructions to patients with diseases such as acne, pruritus ani, eczema, etc. An entire chapter is devoted to the troublesome hand eczema. Throughout, the descriptions of the diseases and the recommended treatments are acceptable.

Of less importance but regrettable are the following: Too many of the illustrations are not as clear as they might be; the author's definition of acantholysis is not

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