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This fine compendium of dermatology would have been attractive to even as discriminating a book purchaser as Thomas Jefferson who preferred a modest, bound, octavo print ing to the more cumbersome and unwieldly quatro printings and folios that are all too often serious shortcomings of most medical texts. The foreword by Walter B. Shelley is enticing enough to make anyone pursue the text. Not only is this a worthwhile learning experience for medical students and primary care physicians, but a fruitful exercise for the more sophisticated individuals in our specialty. The authors demonstrate well what can be done with black-and-white photographs in lieu of more costly color ones. These well-chosen figures complement crisp succinct writing.
In such a limited undertaking, it is understandable that this reviewer or any reader may be critical of an omission or two. For example, pyoderma gangrenosum (page 145) may also be associated with rheumatoid arthritis,
Wechsler HL. The Manual of Dermatology: An Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment. Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(11):1317–1318. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640350107028
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