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October 1977


Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(10):1464. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640100142050

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This book constitutes excellent lecture notes for a medical student taking introductory dermatology. Therein lies its strength and its weakness.

The strengths of the book are that it is orderly, concise, and relevant. It shows the clear and purposeful thinking of one experienced mind, thereby possessing an austerity not found in books with multiple authors. As a companion to lectures given by Dr Rorsman, it would be superb. There are excellent straightforward introductory chapters on the anatomy and physiology of the skin and on physical diagnosis in dermatology. There is also a chapter on the principles of dermatologic therapy, but it is less successful since it lacks specificity (no brand names, concentrations, or sizes mentioned). Dermatologic diseases are covered next in the usual groupings, with each disease discussed in an orderly fashion. There are many very practical bits of advice scattered throughout the text, such as stressing very aggressive interrogation

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