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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is my kind of book! This pediatric atlas is chock full of excellent color photographs with 2 to 3 sentences of clinical description and/or therapeutic discussion. It does not need to be perused in any order. Just flip to a page and start looking and learning. This updates the last edition of nine years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to aid physicians in diagnosing pediatric dermatological diseases by studying detailed color clinical photographs. The chapters are organized by etiology.
Audience: The audience is dermatologists, pediatricians, and residents in these specialties.
Features: There are many good clinical photographs of rare disorders, although some are too reddish orange, making it difficult to appreciate the texture and color changes described in the text. Interestingly, there are photographs of normal nevi. Most textbooks focus on depicting melanomas rather than giving one a feel for the variation in the appearance of normal nevi. New entities are included, such as neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis and acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy. Overall, the book is worthwhile for owning and reading.
Assessment: If you see children in your practice you will want to have this book on your office shelf. Overall, the color photographs are outstanding and the text is delightful. This book is a treasure.