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October 1985


Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1339. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100119032

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This is a "Dick and Jane primer" written to introduce the subject of dermatopathology to beginning students. The book is written by the senior author in collaboration with Professor Theodor Nasemann and Dr Curt Littler and includes many diagrams and photomicrographs that the collaborators used in their book published in 1982 in German, Histopathologie der Hautkrankheiten.

Many of the illustrations have matching diagrams, which are well done. Although most of the diagrams are quite helpful in explaining the essential features of the photomicrographs, a few are not. One of these is on the molluscum contagiosum, but then who needs a diagram of molluscum bodies, one of the most pathognomonic and unforgettable lesions in the entire field? The diagram on dermatophytosis adds nothing to the photomicrograph, and the one on syphilis is somewhat misleading since it does not show the epidermatitis so characteristic of that lesion. Also, there is a glaring

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