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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bruce E. Johnson, MD (University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: The book uses photos and text to illuminate the dermatologic consequences of systemic illnesses.
Purpose: The author hopes the book will enable clinicians to recognize the dermatologic signs of systemic diseases. The author states that there are no "widely promoted" atlases with this focus. These are fine objectives addressed by the author.
Audience: Practitioners of general medicine, subspecialists in internal medicine, and dermatologists would find this atlas useful. The author is a professor of dermatology at a medical school in New York.
Features: The photos are excellent and appropriately illustrate the chosen topics. There are no references of consequence. The table of contents and index are adequate. The book is attractive and well laid out. The accompanying text is well written and thorough enough. "Classic" images that introduce each chapter are a nice touch.
Assessment: This atlas seeks to cross the line between dermatology and internal medicine by focusing on skin manifestations of systemic disease. The majority of the conditions described are in internal medicine. The photos are excellent and of the highest quality. Although the text overall is precise and appropriate, the inclusion of mnemonics seems unnecessary. A criticism may be directed at the choice of photos — in many cases these represented end-stage examples and often were, in a word, gross. Most physicians would like to think they can detect, diagnose, and treat diseases before reaching the stages chosen to illustrate many of the discussions; of more value, perhaps, would have been to focus on earlier, more subtle skin findings.