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November 1985

Handbook of Leprosy

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West Haven, Conn


ed 3, by W. H. Jopling, 160 pp, 17 illus, $15, Philadelphia, Heyden & Son Inc, 1984.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(11):1463. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660110109029

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Ordinarily, one expects a handbook to be a brief, portable, and practical compendium of facts—useful in the field but of limited value in the home or office. Thus, I found Jopling's Handbook of Leprosy to be a surprise. The author has succeeded in fitting a wealth of information about leprosy, in a clear and unadorned fashion, into a slim volume. Chapters on the clinical aspects of the disease, its management, and immunology as applied to the leprotic patient, are especially complete and up to date. A minor complaint is that the histologic features of leprosy receive only scant attention. I hope that the author will expand this subject in his next edition.

The volume contains relatively few black-and-white photographs; however, four color plates provide an overview of the clinical spectrum of the disease. The book has a soft cover, but the binding is good and the paper is strong, so

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