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November 1981

Geriatric Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(11):756. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650110078032

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This beautiful small book can be faulted on almost nothing but its title, which is misleading. Like its larger (and invaluable) predecessor, it covers not "dermatology," but "dermatologic diagnosis." Nothing is said of therapy, and so this book will never become outdated.

On the subject of diagnosis, it is outstanding. The many illustrations, all in color, are superb although a mere half dozen or so are too bizarre to be useful (fantastic, exaggerated cases of cutaneous horn, lupus vulgaris, and decubital ulcers, for example).

Geriatric dermatology is, of course, essentially the same as just plain dermatology. The few exceptions, truly geriatric disorders, are beautifully presented here. However, a few that are explicitly admitted to be essentially nongeriatric disorders (ie, scabies and psoriasis) are included and discussed without any particular reference to ways in which they differ in elderly patients.

In summary, this excellent small volume, which is beautifully produced, should

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