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July 1979

Clinical Dermatology for Students and Practitioners

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Hershey, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(7):902. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010070066031

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The authors' intent is to provide a practical manual for students and practitioners for diagnosing skin diseases. In the preface, it is recognized that the reader will, at times, need to consult a larger text for more detailed information. With this in mind, I think this book will serve its intended purpose.

To aid in the diagnostic process, the book's organizational approach is clinical rather than etiologic. The book is divided into two parts. The first, entitled "General Principles," includes very clear and well-written chapters on anatomy, physiology, allergy, and sexually transmitted diseases. A chapter on etiology, appearing early in the book, covers a variety of factors, but perhaps lists too many examples, without explanation, of diseases that may not yet be familiar to the reader. Also, in my view, there is a disproportionate amount of space devoted to parasitic infestations, including some rare entities that probably could be omitted

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