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June 1982

Practical Dermatology of the Genital Region

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(6):448. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650180082028

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Practical Dermatology of the Genital Region, written by Professor G. W. Korting of Mainz, Germany, and translated into a fluid, modern style of English by those venerable elder dermatologic statespersons, the Curths, William ("Willie") and Helen Ollendorff, is a wonderful little (180-page) guide to what can go wrong dermatologically with the male and female genitalia. In the preface, Professor Korting acknowledges the photographer, Günther Faber, and well he should. There are more than 200 illustrations in color and all are technically exquisite, leaving nothing to the imagination and making long, wordy explanations unnecessary. In a similar way, the text is descriptive; the penis edematous secondary to contact dermatitis is referred to as resembling "the clapper of a bell."

Of course, Practical Dermatology of the Genital Region is not without flaws. There is an occasional unreferenced statement that seems, to this reader, to be at least controversial. For example, on page

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