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May 1991

Histopathology of the Skin

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Longview, Wash

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(5):750-751. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680040162031

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The seventh edition of Walter F. Lever and Gundula Schaumburg-Lever's text, Histopathology of the Skin, is inexorably linked with 40 years of predecessor editions, texts that have had measurable impact on the content and direction of dermatology and dermatopathology during that period.

This reviewer first encountered the third edition of Walter Lever's text two decades ago, close to its geographic roots in the James Homer Wright Laboratory of Pathology just off Fruit Street in Boston, Mass. The housemen's copy of Lever sat en deshabille in the resident's sign-out room with its spine broken, pages asunder, and repaired with geologic layers of surgical tape. That compact blue volume had been, and would continue to be, used and abused by successive generations of upstart dermatopathologists. The image of that book remains with me and constitutes an eloquent, but nonverbal and silent, book review.

Recently, a senior statesman of dermatopathology argued that memorizing

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