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October 1985

Manual of Tropical Dermatology

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Washington, DC


by John H. S. Pettit and Lawrence Charles Parish, 260 pp, 119 illus, 12 color plates, $45, New York, Springer Publishing Co Inc, 1984.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1342. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100122040

Arthropods and Human Skin,  by John O'Donel Alexander, 422 pp, 256 illus, 115 tables, $90, New York, Springer Publishing Co Inc, 1984.The world is "shrinking," and diseases that were not usually considered to be present in North America are suddenly thrust upon us. Refugees from Indochina, Central America, and Africa are becoming our patients, and we are forced to think about diseases that many of us have not considered since our residency. Two new texts are available to help expand our horizons.The first, Manual of Tropical Dermatology, asserts that it has been written for both the "physician in developing countries and the specialist in world class cities," but the dermatologist in world-class cities is probably aware of much of the information that is presented.The book is well referenced, is clearly written with an outline format, and includes excellent-quality black-and-white photographs. Simple laboratory investigations and therapy are presented