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September 1967

Practical Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(3):354. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610030132026

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In preparing the third edition, the authors wished to preserve the original idea of "a small textbook for medical students, for physicians other than dermatologists, and for those who are beginning training in dermatology." However, as the difference between the second and third editions comprises some 300 pages, which just about doubles the volume, the adjective "small" seems no longer tenable. This, perhaps, detracts from its usefulness to medical students whose reading time is limited, but enhances its value to nondermatologists and trainees in dermatology alike. The bibliography is rather voluminous but the papers, every one of them in English, are carefully selected and emphasize recent developments in the field.

The text is clearly written and the photographic material is, for the most part, excellent. However, the legends for the plates intended to illustrate histopathologic processes perhaps could be more detailed with arrows pointing to the particular features emphasized by

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