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September 1957

Practical Dermatology

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(3):390-391. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550210116030

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Though there is a great deal of useful information in this book, too much in it is disappointing and open to criticism. The writing is uneven and the proofreading often careless. Pruritus is spelled with an "is"; abbreviations such as "mycins" and "sulfas" occur, and the use of both "fungus" and "fungous" is disconcerting. Hairs infected with ringworm are "somewhat broken off." These are all small errors that can easily be corrected.

Of more importance is the fact that the authors did not fulfill their assignment "to set clearly and concisely before the busy practitioner a survey of dermatologic disorders as they are commonly met with in daily practice." Such a survey should not include amyloidosis. Certainly amyloidosis, melanotic Whitlow, and lymphogranuloma circumscriptum are not common; pemphigus neonatorum and erythema gluteale have no place in any book; and the emphasis placed on the use of trichophytin, skin testing, mocassin-venom

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