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November 1980

Essentials of Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Hershey, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(11):1317. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640350107026

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This book was a pleasure to read. It is based on dermatology lectures given by the author to medical students and is superbly suited to that audience. It would also be valuable to teachers of dermatology as well as to any physician desiring an easy-to-read, basic introduction to the specialty.

I like the way the book is organized. A succinct introduction to the principles of diagnosis is followed by seven chapters dealing with disorders affecting specific skin structures and processes, from keratinization to disorders of blood vessels and lymphatics. Each of these chapters introduces the histology and physiology pertinent to each topic, followed by a discussion of appropriate pathologic states. For example, in the chapter on keratinization, an explanation of normal epidermal cell kinetics is followed by a discussion of psoriasis and ichthyosis; also, the chapter on the pilosebaceous unit reviews the anatomy and physiology of the sebaceous gland before

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