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January 1995

ABC of Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(1):102-103. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690130106023

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The ABC of Dermatology is a comprehensive British introductory text to dermatology including hundreds of color photographs and diagrams in fewer than 100 pages. The authors attempted to cover the most common dermatoses in 21 chapters. To achieve this goal, they devoted one or two chapters to each of a few common skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. The remainder of the book is organized in a somewhat confusing and inconsistent manner, including morphologic descriptions, pathogenetic mechanisms, and anatomic locations of skin diseases. Positive features of this text include the following: histologic pictures, body charts with the distribution of the lesions, and several vignette-sized clinical pictures interspersed within the text. Some very good chapters include the introduction and the chapters on bacterial infections, diseases of the hair and scalp, diseases of the nails, and practical procedures. The authors make frequent and judicious use of tables and often

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