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September 1984

Common Skin Disorders: A Physician's Illustrated Manual With Patient Instruction Sheets

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La Crosse, Wis


ed 2, by Ernst Epstein, 280 pp, with 48 illus, $29.95, Oradell, NJ, Medical Economics Books, 1983.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(9):1244-1245. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650450126039

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Dr Epstein has revised his book and presented the medical world with a practical resource, which, more than a textbook, is a valuable addition to the office practice of dermatology. In the introduction, the author emphasizes that this is not a textbook, as it does not supply complete disease descriptions and review of the literature, but rather it supplies specific therapies for specific diseases. In distinction also to ordinary textbooks, it does not present all the therapies, but presents what the author thinks is the best single treatment. In this regard, the generalist reading the book may become confused and have an incomplete view of the therapy of a particular condition, but it does give the dermatologist an opportunity to compare his favorite technique of handling patients with the technique described by Epstein. This in itself is a valuable learning experience for the reader, as long as it is understood

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