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June 1989

The ABC of Dermatology

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(6):858. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670180130031

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The ABC of Dermatology, by Paul K. Buxton, is a paperbound atlas designed to "provide the nonspecialist with a practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions." Although only 85 pages long, this book contains 21 chapters and is quite comprehensive. Topics covered include papulosquamous diseases, eczematous dermatitis, drug reactions, blistering diseases, leg ulcers, pilosebaceous abnormalities, infections and infestations, benign and malignant tumors, and diseases of the hair, scalp, and nails. Each chapter is well illustrated with high-quality color photographs of rashes and skin lesions and photomicrographs illustrating the relevant dermatopathologic findings. Line diagrams illustrating rash distribution, pertinent points of histopathology, and pathophysiologic mechanisms are also effectively utilized. Useful brief summaries of clinical features and treatment are contained in many tables through the book.

The only significant aspect of the book that deserves criticism is in the realm of therapy. For example, many dermatologists would object to Dr

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