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April 1988

Clinics in Dermatology: Laboratory Diagnosis

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(4):604. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670040086037

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Laboratory Diagnosis is a short (128 page) volume in the Clinics in Dermatology series. The book consists of two chapters. The first chapter is an alphabetical list of cutaneous diseases or systemic diseases with cutaneous findings. For each disease the author provides a brief description of abnormal laboratory test results that have been found in the disease. The second chapter is an alphabetical list of selected laboratory tests. For each test the author provides a brief description of the test and a list of diseases in which the findings are abnormal.

This volume is short, easy to read, but not very useful. While the list of diseases and tests is quite lengthy, the details of the testing procedures are often lacking. For example, while we are told that Haemophilus ducreyi is the causative organism of chancroid, no mention is made of how to culture it. As another example, we are

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