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November 1969


Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(5):637. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610290121025

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This text provides both an extensive review and an in-depth description of the various phases of psoriasis. The quality of the paper is good, the type clear, the photographs sharp, and the style succinct—features that make the reading enjoyable. The text discusses the clinical manifestations and the unusual forms of the disease, the arthritides associated with psoriasis, the Koebner phenomenon, the histopathology, the allergic factors, and, finally, the treatment.

There are certain statements with which real differences of opinion may occur. For example (page 20), in my experience I have found that guttate psoriasis often heralds a more generalized persistent eruption that may last for years. Also (page 37), in contrast to the stated opinions, I have found that pruritus in association with psoriasis of the auditory canals is common and its differentiation from localized neurodermatitis sometimes can be a real challenge. And (page 40), because of the fear of

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