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April 1980

Genetic Diseases of the Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(4):485. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640280121035

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Although Cockayne's text remains the unbeatable classic, there is need for a new textbook dealing with genetic diseases affecting the skin. The last such comprehensive text (Butterworth and Strean's Clinical Genodermatology) was published 25 years ago. Since then, there have been several useful publications offered from the National Foundation March of Dimes in the Birth Defects series (particularly No. 12), such as McKusick's Hereditable Disorders in Man and Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. Der Kaloustian and Kurban's new and expensive text adds to the distinguished list and pretty much stays on the straight and narrow.

The strengths of this volume are the clarity of the black-and-white illustrations (although for more than $90 one would expect the benefits of some color photography), the presence of some artfully constructed and useful tables that summarize the immunodeficiency syndromes, and a current, clear, and excellent chapter on the metabolic disorders, including fucosidosis and

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