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Pharmaceutical Therapeutics in Dermatology.

Vincent J. Derbes, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(4):381-382. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300090091030.
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The editor has made an excellent selection of articulate, experienced dermatologists to write the sundry chapters of his aptly titled book, in which drug therapy of skin diseases is the only subject considered. Although there are no bahnbrechend chapters, all are worth reading not only by the novice but by the mature clinician as well. In every section one will either discover some new twist or some new way of using old drugs.

Although many diseases are not considered, most of the common ones are. The book starts off with general considerations such as the use and abuse of steroids, antibiotics, anti-pruritics, and cytotoxic agents; it turns then to specifics, eg, treatment of acne vulgaris, photosensitivity reactions, vitiligo, and chronic ulcers including bed sores. I recommend the book without reservation to all who treat diseases of the skin. The only fault I found was the unfortunate tendency of certain


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