Volume 2, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This book is an excellent comprehensive collaboration of some 40 competent investigators into almost as many aspects of Tropical Dermatology. Each chapter is a brief and yet clearly presented definite survey, from personal experience often by a person of world renown in his particular field. Though each chapter deserves careful note, special attention is directed to the following sections:

“Pigmentation” (by Becker, Siemen, Marchionini); “Syphilis” (by Eliasson and Spencer); “Bejel” (by Hudson); “Yaws” (by Jackett); “Pinta” (by Pardo-Castello and Costenado); “Leprosy” (by Simons, Arnold, Muir and Dharmendra, Schipman, Campos, Molina—articles by the aforementioned); “T.B. and Sarcoid” (by Fasal); “Rickettsiae” (by Keddie); “Cutaneous Leishmaniasis” (by Katzenellenbogen).

Commendation is due the editor Simons for the uniform excellence of the translation. His touch is apparent throughout his Handbook. The tone and fluency of his introductory chapter “General Survey” has the pervasiveness needed to keep the book from becoming a conflicting mixture that all too many encyclopaedic works are.


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