MANY non-dermatologists feel at a loss when called on to make ax specific diagnosis in a patient with skin lesions, partly because of the welter of eponyms for conditions which at first sight look rather alike. The problem becomes compounded by lengthy and confusing clinical histories. Informed inspection and a retentive visual memory constitute a very sound approach to dermatologic diagnosis. Inspection should include a notation of the distribution of the lesions, a search for primary lesions such as vesicle…
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