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October 1992

Biopsy Pathology of the Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(10):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680200134036

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On first taking up Biopsy Pathology of the Skin, I wondered what niche it could usefully fill. The shelves above already groan under the weight of current literature, threatening to tumble down and administer the coup de grace. Kirkham's brief, general book cannot fairly compete with massive textbooks or focused monographs. It must be judged for what it is, a short flight.

There is surely a place for such a work, but perhaps not the place Kirkham intended. The preface to Biopsy Pathology of the Skin states that it is "intended... for those engaged in the everyday task of examining skin biopsies" with "particular emphasis... on the commoner conditions and... differential diagnosis." I think, however, that this book will not be in constant demand around the sign-out table. The criteria that permit distinction among related entities are not explicitly stated in most cases. The organizational scheme, mainly according to classic

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