A Manual of Cutaneous Medicine

by Donald M. Pillsbury, M.A., D.Sc. (Hon.), M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor and Chairman of Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Director, Commission on Cutaneous Diseases, Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, President, XII International Congress of Dermatology, Walter B. Shelley M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, National Consultant in Dermatology to the Surgeons General, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and Albert M. Kligman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine. 430 + xii pages, illustrated. Philadelphia and London, W. B. Saunders Company, 1961. $9.50

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  • Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

In the tropics one is impressed with the great variety of living things. This remarkable characteristic applies not only to plant and animal species but also to skin diseases. While the medical practitioner or researcher in the tropics might like to have conveniently nearby a dermatologist for consultation, rarely is one available, and one must depend instead on a search, usually vain, for specific etiologic agents in culture or section and on a much thumbed textbook of dermatology with plenty of pictures. How difficult it sometimes is to be sure that the selected picture really represents the disease presented by the patient. Cutaneous Medicine is a textbook designed for the beginner in dermatology. It stresses the basic mechanisms and broad classifications of skin diseases. It thus impresses the reviewer as being just as useful to the physician dabbling in dermatology as to the embryo dermatologist.In clear, concise fashion it provides a guide not only to the understanding of skin disease but also to the information which the amateur should obtain for satisfactory identification.