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April 1973

Clinical Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(4):639. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620190101037

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Drs. D. Joseph Demis, Robert G. Crounse, Richard L. Dobson and Joseph S. McGuire have combined their numerous talents and are responsible for the most ambitious textbook of dermatology that exists in the English language.

As the preface states, "it provides a referenced, almost encyclopedic, source of information and a critical definitive discussion of all diseases of dermatologic importance or interest." The editors noted above, while responsible for the contents, have delegated the writing of certain diseases to an outstanding group of individuals—dermatologists and nondermatologists.

Four volumes of text plus a fifth and smaller volume of index in looseleaf binding comprise Clinical Dermatology. The volumes of text are divided into sections in which the entities are categorized according to source or basic cause. The format is superb, the indexing excellent, and the typeface on gloss paper is easy to read. One expects unevenness in a text with multiple authorship, but

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