The Therapy of Skin Tuberculosis

Publication No. 229, American Lecture Series, a Monograph in the Bannerstone Divn. of American Lectures in Dermatology, by Gustav Riehl, M.D., Professor of Dermatology, University of Vienna; and Oswald Kopf, M.D., Dept. of Dermatology, Wilheiminen Hospital, Vienna; translated and revised by Ernest A. Strakosch, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Dept. of Dermatology, Presbyterian Hospital, Denver, Colorado. 247 pages, illustrated. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas. 1955. Price $6.75

George H. Kostant
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This book represents an extensive experience in the management of cutaneous tuberculosis, a group of diseases comparatively rare in this country. The authors discuss the results of Vitamin D therapy in 700 cases of tuberculosis of the skin, the majority of which represent lupus vulgaris. There are excellent before and after photographic illustrations as well as histologic follow-up. Various treatment techniques, contraindications and toxic manifestations of the valuable chemotherapeutic agent are adequately covered. A list of dosage schedules employed by other workers is documented. There are good chapters on antibiotic therapy with streptomycin and chemotherapy with the thiosemicarbozones and paraaminosalicylic acid. There is an excellent discussion of the use of isonicotinic acid hydrazide (INH) in cutaneous tuberculosis. The authors emphasize the superiority of this agent over all previous individual therapies.

A noteworthy error of omission is the absence anywhere in the book of a working classification of the various types of cutaneous tuberculosis.