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From The CriticsReviewer: Renata H. Mullen, MD(Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
Description: This is a concise and complete combination of atlas with pertinent and fairly complete text.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of the most frequent and important tumors of the skin by illustrating their typical morphologic features and describing the most important facts regarding these tumors. These are worthy objectives that are well met.
Audience: The book is written primarily for the dermatologist or dermatology resident. The contributors are credible authorities in the subject matter.
Features: Malignant and benign tumors of the skin, metastatic tumors to the skin, skin signs of internal carcinomas, as well as cancer-associated genodermatoses are all covered extremely well. The quality of the photographs is for the most part excellent, and the accompanying text helpful. Often there are sections on differential diagnosis and many useful tables. The photographs of the histology are clear and show the salient features well. Despite the fact that this is a book written primarily by German speaking Europeans, the English text is easily understood by American readers and most of the terminology is the same as used by American authors. The quality of the book could be improved by a more uniform format from entity to entity; in some chapters, differential diagnosis and treatment are discussed, whereas in others they are not. Occasionally, important features are not mentioned in the shorter descriptions, such as whether a tumor has malignant potential or not. Also, the chapter on surgical excision of tumors could be eliminated.
Assessment: This is an excellent book with good quality visual images of the disorders covered, but unlike other atlases also has a complete and concise accompanying text.