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February 1960

Skin Diseases in the African

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):343-344. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020179033

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Those who enjoy browsing will be delighted with this book. It reflects the personal observations of a keen clinician in a book that is essentially an Atlas but different from others in that the illustrations are accompanied by a running commentary of interesting facts, rather than by the usual didactic technique. There is, for instance, such information as in African Negroes a low incidence of acne, alopecia, eczema, psoriasis, pruritus, rosacea, and so forth, which the author regards as being due probably to a malnutritional cirrhosis of the liver, which is then unable to destroy oestrin. Surprising also is the fact that pompholyx, pruritus ani, warts, and tropical ulcer are rare, though prickly heat is common. The diseases are grouped into those that affect primarily Africans, Europeans or both, and those that are common or rare in each group. Most of the illustrations are excellent; all are interesting. The comments

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