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October 1985

Current Therapy in Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Worcester, Mass


1985-1986 ed, edited by Thomas T. Provost and Evan R. Farmer, 279 pp, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1985.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1340. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100120035

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Written by many well-known authorities, this unique book is part of the Current Therapy Series that will be revised every two years. Obviously, new therapies of 1985 and 1986 are not included. Common, unusual, and newly described adult as well as pediatric diseases are covered, but not all conditions are included.

The book is geared toward a diverse audience—dermatologists, family practitioners, internists, pediatricians, and emergency room physicians. Occasionally, the discussion seems basic for dermatologists, and it is humbling to know that in some cases there are still no magic cures. Treatments of certain cutaneous diseases may be irrelevant to other specialists. Hopefully, nondermatologists, unfamiliar with cutaneous diseases, will not base diagnoses and therapeutic decisions solely on reading this book. This could lead to poor clinical judgment, misdiagnosis, and mistreatment.

Each chapter begins with an excellent overview of the disease and then focuses on therapy. On the whole, despite variability of

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