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February 1991

Manual of Therapy for Skin Diseases

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(2):286. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680020158037

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This therapeutic manual is designed to be an easy to use "how to" book for a broad variety of practitioners who must treat patients with skin problems. The book consists of 187 chapters that review the therapy for a variety of disorders and that are each divided into the following four parts: "Initial Therapy," "Alternative Therapy," "Subsequent Therapy," and "Pitfalls." It is assumed that the correct diagnosis has already been made. The "Initial Therapy" section outlines the first-line treatment of the condition, reflecting the preference of the authors of the San Francisco school. In the "Alternative Therapy" section, other possible standard therapies are discussed, with suggestions for specific subsets of patients. The "Subsequent Therapy" section covers what to do after the initial treatment phase. Under the "Pitfalls" heading, common errors of management are outlined. In the appendixes, the side effects of certain drugs commonly used in dermatology are described. As

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