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March 1995

Physical Signs in Dermatology: Color Atlas and Text

Author Affiliations

Burlington, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(3):261-262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690150025005

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The aim of the above authors is primarily to encourage the reader to think about physical signs as the basic approach to make a dermatologie diagnosis. This has been the traditional teaching approach for students, residents, and fellows throughout their dermatologie training in an associated dermatologie training program. There are 20 chapters that address the basic morphologic appearance of lesions and describe the shapes of lesions and geographic patterns of skin diseases as well as the colors of lesions and the skin, especially hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. The regional distribution of skin diseases are demonstrated by clinical photographs presented in color; there are no graphic anatomic figures to demonstrate the regional distribution of the more common dermatoses. The diagnostic significance of scales and crusts, plaques, papules and nodules, eruptions that are macular and papular or macular, ulcers, blisters and vesicles, pustules, excoriations, itch and the associated eczematization, wheals, and erythema are presented. Disorders of the vascular system, hair, and nails

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