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October 1985

Milne's Dermatopathology

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1339-1340. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100119033

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In this second edition of Professor John A. Milne's An Introduction to the Histopathology of the Skin, Rona Mackie has updated a fine teaching textbook while retaining the basic flavor of the original. The book presents an analytic approach to the microscopic examination of the skin at a level of sophistication useful for both dermatologists and pathologists.

The main deficiency of the book derives from a weakness in organization. First, with the exception of the introductory chapters, there is no systematized approach to topic sequence, each chapter essentially standing on its own, unrelated to the prior or following one. Second, chapters use varying criteria to group entities based on either common etiology, similar histologic pattern, microanatomic location, or same cell type. These differing criteria lead in some chapters to effective themes (eg, "Cutaneous Lymphocytic Infiltrates—Benign and Malignant," "Disorders of the Cutaneous Melanocyte"), but in others, to awkward juxtapositions (eg, Hailey-Hailey

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