When William Bean takes pen or dictaphone in hand, we are accustomed to expecting something refreshing and original—and painlessly enlightening. His new book "Vascular Spiders and Related Lesions of the Skin" will disappoint none of his admirers. In an age devoted to gadgetry, graphs, and statistical analysis, the bewildered physician who once thought that history taking and careful physical examination constituted his major diagnostic obligations will find comfort and illumination in this straightforward account of observations made at the bedside and in the clinic by a sympathetic and perceptive doctor. That the account was written in the first person by a philosophical and literate physician is a fortunate circumstance, for the happily chosen words that add so much charm to the reading always embellish and never obscure the important things the author has to impart.
The researches detailed here began more than twenty years ago with the eager curiosity of