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October 1960

Dermatologic Medications

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(4):661-662. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580040179040

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In the six years since the Lerners' first edition was written, "the steroids have come into their own, antibiotics have multiplied, more effective treatment of fungus diseases and lupus erythematosus has been developed and the tranquilizer has been born." Commercial preparations continue to increase almost daily. This book tells "what they are, how they work, when they work" and the risks attendant upon their use, and it offers what is in effect a small pharmacology text of dermatologic agents written clearly and with an eye to practicality. It is not just a list of drugs; rather, representative examples of each drug group are discussed with respect to indications for use, dose, action mechanisms, and formulas. It provides the sort of information that every physician should know. In addition, one finds here and there small bits of speculation and comments to stir the imagination, as, for instance, that in psoriasis substances

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