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January 1991

Tumors of the Epidermis

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St Louis, Mo

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(1):145. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680010157037

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Book reviews are interesting academic exercises—journal manuscripts are peer reviewed before their publication and the reviews may prevent its publication if the content does not follow scientific standards or does not agree with the reviewer's own bias. Books, instead, are reviewed after their publication and the scrutiny thereafter will determine their scientific (and economic) success but, because of the lack of previous censorship, books tend to reflect personal views.

Inherent to books is the fact that the authors are usually authorities in their field. Undoubtedly that is the case with Drs Hashimoto and Mehregan. The unique combination of an experienced bench researcher and a seasoned diagnostician is evident throughout the book, and, as expected, their book has authority and depth of knowledge.

Tumors of the epidermis encompass relatively few entities, but, because of being extremely common, an extensive body of literature has been published. This literature is deftly reviewed by

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