The avowed purpose of the third edition of Practical Dermatology is to preserve "a small textbook for medical students, for physicians other than dermatologists, and for those beginning training in dermatology." This noteworthy goal is best achieved in the chapters concerned with common cutaneous disorders. The limitation of space has required condensing such information to a smooth, well-organized synopsis of contemporary knowledge. As is true of medicine in general, the synopsis form may well be commensurate with what is actually known of many ill-defined dermatology entities. This abbreviated format is greatly enhanced by over 1,000 excellent black and white photographic illustrations.
From there on, extensive revision has resulted in rather drastic changes from earlier editions. The chapter entited "Basic Sciences in Relation to Dermatology" is superb and could well serve as a tribute to the concentrated efforts of numerous enthusiastic investigators in recent years. Such contributions are largely responsible for