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July 1981

A Manual of Dermatology

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Portland, Ore

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(7):447-448. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650070075037

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This second edition of A Manual of Dermatology by Pillsbury and Heaton is proof that new is not necessarily better. The parent text of this manual was the "Little Pillsbury," a manual of cutaneous medicine, by Pillsbury, Shelley, and Kligman, published in 1961. That concise, beautifully written, and current volume helped rear many of us in dermatology. The present manual (really a third edition) is a dilution of that original synopsis, and in 70 pages less, achieves little of the focused guidance we would seek as students in a manual and loses a good deal of the precision that we found in the original.

A unique feature of the original of this manual was its excellent basic science chapter. The present manual presents the original 1961 chapter almost completely unchanged. We do learn that the "prickles" between the epidermal cells no longer represent true cytoplasmic connections, as they did in

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