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May 1970

A Dictionary of Dermatological Words, Terms and Phrases

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(5):622. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000050126029

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Preparing a dictionary is traumatizing work. The collection of material is time-consuming, verification arduous, and selection contentious. That the authors obviously enjoy their work, despite these drawbacks, constitutes one of the delights of this book. They are not shy about enlivening the pages with a pun (see "broken veins") or a playful allusion (see "hickey") and if the humor is sometimes modest indeed, it does provide variety.

Also idiosyncratic is the inclusion of several entries which would be inappropriate if we insisted on taking the book's title strictly. The authors excuse themselves in the preface; but the reader still is entitled to ask if a dictionary of dermatological terms should also embrace lengthy general entries on such subjects as acronyms, eponyms, and "hyphen, use of."

The authors have phoneticized so nearly universally that the practice becomes mildly annoying. For example, each time words like "itch," and "cell," and "hair" appear

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