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April 1960

Manual of Skin Diseases

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(4):647. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730040151034

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This text is named "Manual of Skin Diseases" and prides itself on being concise and short. The preface of the acknowledgments are longer and more explanatory than those accompanying most large textbooks; therefore, the author must make up for the shortness of his book by the length of his explanations. In view of the recent publicity concerning drug houses one is dumfounded to know why an author would turn to drug houses for illustrations. Certainly there are many, many fine collections in the hands of confreres. Furthermore, the illustrations in part are very poor, and the color is far from true. The black and white illustrations are excellent, and the sketches evidently in a schematic way wish to emphasize topography.

In going through the book one finds various statements with which one might take exception but, all in all, the purpose is more of a conversational type of imparting knowledge.

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