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March 1984

Diseases of the Hair and Scalp

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Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(3):411. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650390133033

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It has been many years since a decent, coherent book on hair became available. The classic, I recall, was written by Danforth, but that was many years ago when we were young and innocent. So with great anticipation, I awaited my copy of Diseases of the Hair and Scalp by the reknowned and respected authors, Arthur Rook and Rodney Dawber. After perusal, close reading, and some procrastination, I must report that this is not the answer to our hair-care needs. The book has no hair-raising chapters, no vivacity, nothing to make the blood churn with excitement—in short, no life.

You may have guessed that my gravamen goes to the heart of this book: its style. It reads as if it were

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