This is a refreshing new reference book on dermatology written for medical students and busy practitioners. It is a source more detailed than a simple handbook, yet not so ponderous as to be unwieldy as is the usual dermatology text.
The Structure of the Skin introduces the book. The well-chosen words relating the structural components to their function give life to the anatomy which might otherwise, in spite of the well-labeled photographs, have been a chapter to skip over.
The author includes a section on "Laboratory Procedures and Tests," including the skin tests, fungus examinations, and biopsies. He discusses what is meant by the primary and secondary lesions, and shows how the location of a dermatological condition, the season of the year, the age, race, and military status of the patient play an important part in making a diagnosis. A chapter on meeting the patient for the first time emphasizes