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May 1979

Your Skin: Its Problems and Care

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(5):648. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010050068051

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The transfer of information, both factual and interpretive, to patients and their families is a responsibility of dermatologic practice. "Doctor, is my child's psoriasis contagious?" and "Is it true my acne won't clear up until I get married?" are basic questions that demand answers. Often, one reply leads to several more questions. For many practitioners, the lack of time and the pressure of more immediate problems do not permit the luxury of leisurely discussion. A small, unpretentious book, written simply by an expert, seems like the solution; that is, one that can be taken home until the next office visit or purchased at low cost from a neighborhood book store. Perhaps this is why many physicians have written these "little books" to service their needs.

The latest of these books, by Dr Zacarian, is barely 150 pages in length and sells for less than $9. The chapters are short and

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