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February 1963

Skin Surgery, Second Edition

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(2):284. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590140146032

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The amount of useful information assembled into this practical and interesting book is astounding. The chapters are concise, complete, and copiously illustrated. It is unfortunate that some of the pictures, especially those after treatment, in the scalpel scissors surgery chapter, are indistinct. It is the most important chapter in the book for dermatologists.

In spite of Reddish's work on antiseptics, the reviewer prefers to use tincture of iodine or merthiolate in addition to alcohol. For the surgical treatment of rhinophyma, although electrodesiccation does eliminate bleeding, better end-results follow the free use of a razor blade, after block anesthesia of the nose, which should be described and illustrated. If the masses to be removed are bulky, desiccation often does not sufficiently eliminate them, and it causes more scarring than simple ablation. The oozing may easily be stopped by applying Oxycel gauze.

The comprehensive Table of Contents includes the General Principles of

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