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January 1992

Essential Pediatric Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(1):132. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680110146029

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This small, easy-to-read textbook is volume 1 of Monographs in Clinical Pediatrics. The author, James A. Keipert, is a general pediatrician with an interest in pediatric dermatology. The volume contains 25 short, organized chapters that focus on the clinical features of common cutaneous disorders in children. The emphasis is on diagnosis, with some discussion of treatment and essentially no discussion of histopathology or basic science. Rarer dermatoses are mentioned briefly.

The highlights of this textbook are the concise and practical nature of the text and the excellent clinical photographs in color. There are 150 color plates and many other black-and-white photographs. Certain chapters were especially instructive, including chapter 2 ("Diagnosis of Skin Disorders"), with a good explanation of morphology and descriptive terms, and chapter 3 ("Pharmacology of Skin Disorders"), which contains an outstanding discussion on the use of topical agents and the types of preparations available.

This book is intended

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