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November 1991

Principles and Practice of Dermatology

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Staten Island, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(11):1745. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680100149040

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This well-edited, well-written single volume textbook of dermatology (87 chapters in 976 pages) is a voluminous dermatologic achievement.

The text covers the most common skin diseases and summarizes the clinical, pathologic, and diagnostic points as well as outlining general therapeutic principles.

There are 75 contributors. Prominent staff from major medical schools across the United States are well represented.

The book is profusely illustrated with superb clinical photographs and is printed on high-quality, glossy paper that further enhances the clinical usefulness. Descriptive aspects of the pictures give the impression that one is in the examining room with the subject. High-quality color photographs outweigh the otherwise condensed clinical information.

In light of the great number of chapters distributed within the over-900 pages, clinical information is relatively succinct and, in some topics, brief to the point of inadequacy.

An example is the discussion of port-wine stains. It is omitted from chapter 24, which

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