Diseases of the Skin for Practitioners and Students

by George Clinton Andrews, M.D., F.A.C.P. Clinical Professor of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; Attending Dermatologist to the Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. 4th edition: 877 pp., 77 illustrations. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Co., 1954. Price $13.00

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The fourth edition of this well-known text has been improved and pulled together. There are added numerous good sections—for example on such fundamental matters as the newer concepts of melanogenesis, pigmented nevi and tumors; on the “lupus erythematosus phenomenon” and the Kveim test in diagnosis; on Thorium X, atabrine and chloroquine in treatment.

The vastness, complexity and diversity of the arts and sciences which must be included and described in a modern “Compleat Dermatology” suggest that the heyday of a “one-man text” may be waning. No one person can hope to be equally proficient in such widely differing fields as dermatologic biochemistry and histochemistry; dermatologic microbiology and immunology; and the clinical diagnosis as well as the specialized surgery, radiation, physical therapy and external topical treatment of the hundreds of different skin diseases, to name but a few examples.