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July 1995

Color Atlas of Regional Dermatology

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Arlington, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(7):862. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690190118037

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I have often found that in making a diagnosis based on lesion type, shape, arrangement, and distribution, the latter is the least reliable criterion to rely on. So, I was somewhat skeptical about a classification based on distribution. When I saw the table of contents with trunk lesions divided over nine chapters such as ''Trunk''; ''Trunk, Annular''; ''Trunk, Blisters''; ''Trunk, Papulonodules''; ''Trunk, Papulosquamous''; ''Trunk, Pigmented''; ''Trunk, Pustules''; ''Trunk, Red''; ''Trunk, Red Scaly''; ''Trunk, Scar''; and ''Trunk, White''; I was afraid that such an approach would be too muddled and difficult to grasp for the dermatology student. However, when I read this atlas I found it thoroughly enjoyable. It is clinically oriented. The color photographs are excellent and the descriptions are brief, containing the salient points on each entity. The treatment suggestions are practical and up-to-date, and references are included.

I particularly enjoyed the great number of diverse entities covered in

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