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September 1981


Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(9):602. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650090084039

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This softbound pocket book (2 × 12 × 19 cm!) is a most remarkable bargain for students and nondermatologists in all medical fields. The translation from the German, by Dora Wirth, is as smooth and fluent as if it had been finely polished by the junior author, which of course it may have been.

The text is amazingly inclusive and is a shining example of the traditional German talent for orderly organization of material. A few rare disorders, such as lymphomatoid papulosis, granulomatosis, and transient acantholytic dermatosis, have been omitted, but nine diseases are included in the section on bullous dermatoses, almost as many as in the text by Rook, and the differential diagnoses of them runs to 20.

The numerous illustrations are almost uniformly of excellent quality; I found none that would warrant a serious complaint. Perhaps the illustration of smallpox should be replaced, since it shows striking (and

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