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Dermatologic therapy has been nurtured by a long tradition of empiricism. The recent work by the Doctors Shelley shows that this tradition continues. Cursory reference to the section on treatment of Behçet's syndrome, wherein such diverse medications as chlorambucil, acyclovir, ketoconazole, isotretinoin, steroids, dapsone, cimetidine, and zinc are listed as therapies, will convince one that this is so.
The text begins with the stated purpose of offering assistance to the professional dermatologist, then proceeds into a section containing folklore on doctor-patient interaction: "Zen and the Art of Patient Maintenance." Here we find proffered the viewpoints that patients should be discouraged
Advanced Dermatologic Therapy.. Ann Intern Med. ;107:270–271. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-2-270_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(2):270-271.
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