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March 1990

Pediatric Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(3):407. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670270139031

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This volume of over 1600 pages is a veritable encyclopedia of pediatric dermatology. This is the first and only book of its kind and includes an in-depth treatment of the basic science, as well as the clinical aspects, of pediatric skin disease. This represents an important addition to the literature when one considers that 30% of dermatological consultations involve pediatric and adolescent patients, and that 30% of pediatric out-patient visits are motivated by dermatologic problems.

Several highly original chapters discuss skin problems found exclusively among children, topics currently neglected in most major textbooks. Just a few examples are the chapters on embryogenesis of the skin, prenatal diagnosis by amniocentesis and fetoscopy, neonatal skin disorders, psychosocial development in children with dermatologic disorders, and skin signs of child abuse and neglect.

Other chapters, while not being exclusive references, treat in a complete and satisfying manner subjects such as ichthyosis, congenital nevocellular nevi,

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