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Veterinary and Comparative Dermatology

P. C. Anderson, MD
JAMA. 1964;188(10):941. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060360101036.
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"Between animal and human medicine there is no dividing line—nor should there be," said Rudolph Virchow, stating the common interests of the veterinarian and the student of human disease. For the physician this revision of an older text, Veterinary Dermatology, by Král and Novak, originally published in 1953, is disappointing. Despite many improvements it leaves much to be desired.

Many sections of the book are modern, but it is disappointing to find other sections, such as that on pemphigus, showing all the confusion of the dermatology of 80 years ago. Unsupported assumptions about etiology and inconstant attention to new concepts from human dermatology are disturbing. In too few places are skin diseases of animals and man compared, as promised in the title of the book.

To the physician well trained in dermatology, much of the book is stimulating. The anatomic and physiological approach to disease is well developed in the


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