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October 1972

Andrews' Diseases of the Skin, ed 6.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):653. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040177025

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New editions of compact books, like new models of compact cars, are getting bigger and more elegant. This sixth edition of Andrews' text, completely rewritten by Domonkos, is no exception. It's gone up from 658 to 968 enlarged, readable, two-column pages, with room for twice as many words as the fifth edition, and twice as many pictures—1,197, 900 of which have not appeared in any previous edition. It deals with 250 more diseases than its predecessor: 1,400 in all.

The sections on dermatoses due to physical factors, dermal tumors, and animal parasites have been notably enlarged and improved. The chapter on leprosy (though it is, deplorably, titled "Hanseniasis") is excellent with a few exceptions: using the term "lepra reaction" to include reactions in tuberculoid as well as lepromatous leprosy, and wrongly defining the morphologic index as the number of uniformly staining bacilli per unit of leprous tissue instead of the

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