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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: As the title states, this book presents 100 clinical vignettes of various skin conditions along with laboratory studies, symptoms, and color photographs and asks readers to make a diagnosis based on the information presented, design a proposed treatment plan, and other pertinent questions regarding management. The next page gives answers with short discussions justifying the treatment rationale. Key points appear in lightly shaded orange boxes at the end of each case presentation.
Purpose: The purpose is to help medical students and residents become more adept at recognizing dermatological clues to various medical conditions. The material is presented in a fun and interesting fashion.
Audience: The audience is medical students and first year dermatology residents, along with medical residents in other fields.
Features: The authors have selected cases that are important to diagnose and treat for a variety of reasons: they can be potentially life-threatening and/or are common disorders that should be recognized by primary care physicians. The clinical photographs are of variable quality. Some appear to have been taken at a distance and details of the skin findings are not easy to see. The discussions focus on practical management and avoid being esoteric.
Assessment: This book would be helpful for first-year dermatology residents, interns, and medical students. You can learn some useful dermatology quickly by studying the photographs and get a current idea about treatments, pathophysiology, and presentation. The book would be an easy way to test your knowledge in preparation for taking the boards and identifying weak spots in your learning.