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September 1950

Handbook of Diseases of the Skin.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(3):530. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020541022

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This book, according to the preface, is designed to be "useful to medical students, practitioners, and specialists in dermatology." The authors have, it seems, succeeded admirably as regards usefulness to practitioners and medical students but, in the opinion of the reviewer, the book cannot supplant the larger and more comprehensive standard treatises on the subject written for use by the dermatologist. Furthermore, the general tone of the work indicates that the authors lack, in some degree, the humility which characterizes the writings of some other well known authorities in the field, and the nondermatologist might well receive a biased opinion concerning certain matters which are generally regarded as controversial and complex but which the authors tend to oversimplify.

However, the illustrations in the book are uniformly excellent, the word descriptions of the various cutaneous diseases adequate and the discussions of treatment practical and implemented by many prescriptions. The work is

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