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December 1978

Common Skin Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Mill Valley, Calif


ed 3, edited by Howard T. Behrman, MD; Theodore A. Labow, MD; and Jack H. Rozen, MD, 189 pp, with illus, $29.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1978.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(12):1863. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640240081035

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This is the third edition of a popular dermatologic handbook first published in 1965. Its stated goal is to provide a manual for students and nondermatologists in which there are many color photographs (thus eliminating verbal descriptions), concise relevant statements about each disease, and specific recommendation for therapy.

The format is refreshingly straightforward. Fifty diseases are covered in alphabetical order. On the left-hand pages are large, good-quality clinical photographs. On the right-hand pages is written material in telegraphic outline form, covering descriptions, discussion, and therapy. At the back of the book is a dermatologic formulary that is referred to in each disease therapy section.

The strength of the book is in this clear, concise format. The pictures and text provide a quick, easy reference for the reader. It is a refreshingly easy medical book to read.

The weaknesses of the book are twofold. The first is a disappointingly incomplete and

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