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October 1980

Diagnosis of Skin Disease

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(10):1202. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640340112032

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This is the "book of lists" for dermatologic diagnosis. It should prove useful by making sure you think of all possibilities or for programming a computer to diagnose diseases. It is a pity that pages are not cross-referenced, because there is a great deal of repetition without duplication. You might think a disease was purely macular if you didn't look in the index and find it was also discussed under the headings "papules" and "nodules."

Melanoma, for example, is discussed on page 44 (MACULES, brown: Lentigo maligna), page 64 (MACULES, hypopigmented and white: Halo nevus), page 71 (MACULES, blue: Malignant melanoma), page 178 (PAPULES, blue black: Malignant melanoma), and page 244 (NODULES, blue purple: Malignant melanoma). Sarcoidosis is presented on page 129 (PAP-ULES, flesh colored), page 157 (PAP-ULES, red, gradual onset), and page 226 (NODULES, sparse, nontender), as well as in a chart on page 132. The only cross-reference

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