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September 1965

Malignant Tumours of the Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1965;92(3):347. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600150137034

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This text, written by two members of the State Institute of Oncology and Research Institute of Oncopathology, Budapest, Hungary, is intended to be of interest to dermatologists, other specialists, physicians in general practice, medical students, and "those attending refresher courses and fellowship examinations."

The authors' statement (in the preface) that "we have reached the conclusion that a malignant tumor of the skin is preceded by a preblastomatosis," is difficult to defend. Nevertheless, the book is oriented to this premise.

The text discusses etiological factors, "melanoblastoma," and malignant tumors of mesenchymal origin (the latter includes benign tumors). Much of the material is of current knowledge; there is little that is new. Unfortunately, much that is archaic (in therapy) is expressed (for example, vitamin D2 for Kaposi sarcoma). Colchicine and podophyllin ointments are recommended for "superficial skin cancers and basal cell epitheliomas !" The summary at the end of each chapter is repetitious.

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