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May 1966

Practical Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(5):638. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600230142045

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This is a modest dermatologic primer, modest in size (200 pages), in price ($6.50), and in aspiration. The authors' preface forewarns of curtailed clinical descriptions and dogmatic therapeutic advice for the text, admittedly, is designed only as an adjunct to clinical teaching, but in this limited sphere, it's a little jewel.

Adhering to the avowed theme of practicality, the basic sciences are given short shrift. In the two page chapter on "Structure of the Skin," hair and nails are cavalierly dismissed with one sentence—"Hair and nails are specially modified keratin structures, both being formed by invaginations of the epidermis." Compensating for this, however, the description of growth cycles in the chapter on "Disorders of the Hair," becomes a paragon of lucidity and compactness.

Classification of cutaneous disorders continues to consternate those who attempt it. In this text, the classification is fairly standard; part morphologic, part etiologic, part anatomic, and largely

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