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March 1980

Essentials of Skin Disease Management

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(3):362. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640270122033

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This small, concise book is intended for medical students, pharmacists, and nurses rather than dermatologists. There is an excellent brief discussion of topical therapy, therapy for systemic effect, and dressing technique. The section on management of common skin disorders is dogmatic, didactic, and presents some controversial treatments as accepted fact; ie, metronidazole for rosacea and ulcerative gingivitis. Methotrexate given as a single, weekly intravenous dose is an antiquated systemic treatment schedule for psoriasis.

This book is clearly written for the British reader and is therefore of limited practical use for the American student because of many differing drug names in the formulary.

Those involved in the teaching of nondermatologists will find the general chapters very useful as a concise review of the essentials of topical therapy. However, the American reader would be best advised to "edit" carefully the section on management of skin disorders.

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