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January 1982

Dermatological Nursing and Therapy

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San Francisco


by R. Seville and E. Martin, 226 pp, with illus, $19.95, Oxford, England, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1981.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(1):66. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650130070027

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Dermatologic nursing is a highly specialized area of nursing that, unfortunately, usually receives scant recognition in nursing schools. Few nurses leave their training with any knowledge of the techniques involved in nursing patients with skin disease, and they must then be taught by the dermatologist or by the few nurses specifically trained in this field. The skills needed are essential especially on a dermatologic ward but are also needed in the outpatient setting. This is why a good how-to book on dermatologic nursing would be a welcome addition to our library. The book should be directed to nurses, with emphasis on the techniques that are used in caring for the hospitalized and the severely affected patient. Outpatient techniques that include ultraviolet (UV)-B and psoralen and UV-A (PUVA) would also be useful. Seville and Martin start their book admirably with a synopsis of dermatologic nursing in chapter 1 and a discussion

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