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October 1996

Pocket Guide to Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(10):1261-1262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890340127034

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The Pocket Guide to Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery is a superb pocket-sized resource on general clinical dermatology. Although compact, it is complete and provides an in-depth summarization of disease entities in a well-organized manner. There is no other resource of this size that covers as much material.

The Pocket Guide is written as an accompaniment to the 2-volume reference by Arndt et al entitled Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery: An Integrated Program in Dermatology. However, I found it to be more than a complementary text; its comprehensive approach to clinical dermatology allows it to be used as a single resource. A condensed version of its voluminous counterpart, it essentially covers the same dermatological diseases under the same headings and outline. In addition, many of the same tables have been incorporated effectively. The Pocket Guide is divided into 13 chapters, each representing a clinical classification group; some chapters are further divided into

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