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January 1957

Tumors of the Skin

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By Herbert Conway, M.D. Price, $13.50. Pp. 267. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1956.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(1):158. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550130160033

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Aside from some detailed descriptions of surgical technique for the removal of skin tumors, this book will have little, if anything, new to interest dermatologists. The text is brief, and the clinical descriptions are not equal to those in standard textbooks of dermatology. Keratoacanthoma is not mentioned.

The viewpoint, as to treatment, is entirely surgical. Xanthelasma, papillomas, and even persistent flat warts are treated by surgical excision followed by skin grafts. Radiation therapy for plantar warts is decried because radiation ulcers from such treatment are "not uncommon." The author thinks it regrettable that important authorities deem it best not to treat port-wine stains. Then later there is the statement that the use of large grafts to correct the defect created by excision of port-wine stains leaves the patient little better off than before such treatment—and unwittingly the point is proved by "before and after" illustrations of a young woman whose

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