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June 1920

COMMON DISEASES OF THE SKIN WITH NOTES ON DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

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By G. Gordon Campbell. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;1(6):749. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350060132014

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Abstract

This is not an elementary work on skin diseases, but is rather a series of brief comments on certain of the commoner dermatoses. The book is profusely illustrated with good photographs. The text is surprisingly brief and is really inadequate, the briefest descriptions of the clinical pictures with equally brief comments on the treatment of the diseases considered, being given. The book contains nothing on etiology, pathology or bacteriology. Impetigo, for example, is described as an infectious disease; the text does not explain what the infectious agent is. The diseases are taken up in alphabetical order: carcinoma follows alopecia areata; keloid follows impetigo; urticaria follows tuberculosis, and so on.

It is difficult to justify the existence of books that contain nothing on etiology, bacteriology or pathology and so give no reasons for the phenomena of the diseases or explanations of the treatment.

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