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September 1979

Dermatology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Cutaneous Disorders

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Santa Monica, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(9):1127. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010090061030

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This fourth edition is neither a complete textbook nor a synopsis as the first and second editions were entitled. It is a book on clinical dermatology that includes a considerable amount of basic science material.

This edition is divided into three parts. The first discusses specific diagnosis by body region. Lesions are grouped within each region into flat and raised lesions, which may confuse rather than simplify. For example, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis are classified as flat lesions, but lichen simplex chronicus is considered a raised lesion. The second section presents a general elementary discussion of dermatologic therapeutics and techniques. The third, the major portion of the book, contains 35 chapters arranged alphabetically from acne to vascular diseases. The discussions are current and readable. The annotated bibiography is a refreshing feature. Both the black and white and the color illustrations are of high quality and usefulness.

The treatment discussions are

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