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March 1970

Lecture Notes on Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(3):368. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000030112022

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The second edition of this small (247 pages of text) book compresses an enormous amount of information relating to common skin disorders between the covers, perhaps more than any other volume of its size. This fact imposes limitations on its usefulness. The author submits that it "is intended to be an introduction to dermatology for students and general practitioners." In the first category, I believe that it would be helpful for a second-year student when first exposed to some instruction in dermatology. Beyond this point, however, it would probably be inadequate because it lacks the depth of discussion and bibliography needed by a student to prepare his thesis on a patient he had "worked-up" for presentation to his instructor.

For the general practitioner who feels a bit insecure in dermatology, this text may prove helpful in arriving at a correct diagnosis, but it is probable that in many instances he

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