Dermatology in General Medicine

edited by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, Kenneth A. Arndt, Wallace H. Clark, Jr., Arthur Z. Eisen, Eugene J. Van Scott, and John H. Vaughan. xix + 2,048 pages, illustrated. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 330 West 42nd Street, New York, N. Y. 10036. 1971. $42.50

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  • Department of Medicine (Dermatology) School of Medicine University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

This massive (2,048 pages, 10¼ × 8 × 3 inches, and weighing in at 7 lbs.), one-volume text is excellent. It is indeed a credit to the six editors and 149 contributors that it emerges with such clarity and uniformity of writing.

The format, compared with most large dermatologic texts, is not much different, but this volume does have an advantage in that the table of contents appearing on the first few pages segregates general subjects into six parts and two appendices, these being subdivided into chapters devoted to individual or groups of cutaneous disorders. The six parts bear such designations as “biology and pathophysiology of the skin,” “disorders primarily affecting the skin and mucous membranes,” “dermatology in internal medicine,” “disorders due to microbial agents,” etc. This arrangement is helpful if one is searching for an entity but is not sure of its exact designation. One may at least be able to more easily find the appropriate chapter and pursue it from there.