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March 1960

Atlas and Manual of Dermatology and Venereology

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(3):498. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730030156029

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English reading physicians are fortunate that Dr. Epstein translated Professor Burckhardt's Atlas and Manual. Most of the 158 judiciously selected illustrations are in natural color, all of them of fine quality and good detail. Though primarily intended for nondermatologists, the photographs and text would be valuable for the dermatologist, especially one in training. The disease descriptions are brief but adequate; recommended texts for more extensive reading are listed. Of interest is the liberal use of trade names of medications; which will aid the physician not familiar with prescription writing, the pharmacist preferring to dispense rather than to compound. Is it an omen of changes occurring subtly in dermatologic practice? A brief section about skin testing and necessary materials complete the book, a significant contribution to dermatology on the highest level. This Atlas has the best color photographs this reviewer has seen.

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