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July 1985

Dermatology in Ambulatory and Emergency Medicine: A Clinical Guide With Algorithms

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(7):937. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660070127040

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As a first-year medical house officer, I found Dermatology in Ambulatory and Emergency Medicine a thoroughly readable and most informative text. Residents are often faced with a variety of skin lesions in both ambulatory and hospitalized patients and have little training in how best to approach these diseases. Drs Flowers and Krusinski provide excellent guidance in the systematic formulation of a diagnosis. The dual classification of skin lesions by morphology and regional distribution is particularly helpful. Moreover, the algorithms at the conclusion of each chapter concisely summarize the preceding information, as well as direct one's attention to the correct arm of the diagnostic decision tree.

The authors achieve their goal of compiling an excellent reference source for the nonspecialist. They address common dermatologic problems in a straightforward manner, assuming no prior knowledge on the part of the reader. There are clear opening chapters on terminology and diagnostic techniques. The chapters

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