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June 1963

Essentials of Dermatology

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Sixth Edition. By Norman Tobias, MD. Price, $10. Pp 538. J. B. Lippincott Company, E Washington Sq, Philadelphia 5, 1963.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(6):790-791. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590180118028

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This reviewer feels strongly that a textbook of dermatology ought to be either an encyclopedia for the dermatologist or a much smaller book limited to an adequate discussion of the common skin diseases and designed for the medical student and the family physician. Granted that no two dermatologists will agree as to just where the cutoff point is for "common" skin diseases, Dr. Tobias' book seems to fit neither category. It is too brief for the dermatologist and contains far too many nonessentials for the generalist. Dr. Tobias does not state in his preface or in his opening passages just who comprises his audience, but the title and the general tenor of his remarks certainly point to the medical student, the nurse, and the physician without specialized training in dermatology. Even the barest mention of many entities such as acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans, idiopathic hemorrhagic sarcoma of Kaposi, coup de sabre

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