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June 1960

Basic Office Dermatology

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By Stuart Maddin, M.D., Julius L. Danto, M.D., and William D. Stewart, M.D., F.R.C.P. Price, $11.75. Pp. 308. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1960

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(6):1060. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730060176043

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This book by a team of Canadian authors does offer something new in organization. Each entity is presented on a double-page format, with significant facts concerning the condition on the left and an illustration, a line drawing diagram depicting typical distribution of lesions and an outline of therapy, on the right. The subject matter on the whole reflects present-day knowledge. Only about 70 conditions are described. The writing is terse, almost telegraphic in style but easy to read, and a reference or two to pertinent articles for suggested reading is offered for almost every condition. Most of the illustrations are excellent—large and clear—12 of them in natural color. The treatments that the authors have found to be most effective might not meet with general agreement and unfortunately specified proprietary medications are recommended frequently "because of their standardization and ease of obtainability."

As small handbook-type introductions to dermatology go, this is

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