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November 1984

Practical Dermatology

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ed 4, by I. B. Sneddon and R. E. Church, 237 pp, with illus, Baltimore, Edward Arnold, 1983.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(11):1527-1528. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650470133033

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Three relatively inexpensive, short, soft-covered textbooks of dermatology have recently been published. Practical Dermatology by Sneddon and Church is the fourth edition of a popular British book. Manual of Practical Dermatology by John Pettit, and Handbook of Dermatologic Treatment by R. Kenneth Landow are both first editions.

It was with much pleasure that I agreed to review Practical Dermatology by Sneddon and Church. The first edition of this book was my first textbook of dermatology bought in 1967 while I was a medical student in South Africa. This is not a book aimed at dermatologists or dermatologists-in-training, but rather at medical students and family practitioners. There is a definite and understandable British bias to the book, particularly with reference to treatment, which would make it difficult to use by most American medical students or nondermatologists. Many trade names and preparations are distinctly British and would be confusing for persons trained

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