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March 1988

Dermatology for the House Officer

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(3):454. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670030106036

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There is certainly a niche in the medical resident's bookcase for the second edition of Lynch's Dermatology for the House Officer. The problem that most internists have with dermatology is that there appears to be a mystifying number of extremely rare and portentous conditions that require great qualitative clinical expertise to accurately diagnose and treat. Of course, there is a certain amount of truth to this impression. Dr Lynch, however, contends that in clinical practice, more than 95% of dermatologic disease is accounted for in 75 common conditions. The heart of his book thus lies in a clinical algorithm that separates the aforementioned 75 diseases into ten groups. The ten groups, moreover, are formed on the basis of easily separable qualitative characteristics (eg, group VI, "yellow lesions," and group VII, "red papules and nodules," encompass 12 of the 75 common clinical conditions). This method of knowledge organization is easily

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