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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martin C. Yorath, DPM (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Description: This book provides an excellent review of dermatologic pathology met in podiatric practice.
Purpose: The book is designed to help practitioners recognize common cutaneous disorders that manifest in the lower extremities, develop a differential diagnosis, and familiarize themselves with current treatment regimens.
Audience: Written by one of the premier authorities on podiatric dermatology, this book will have particular appeal to podiatric physicians. It will be especially useful to those preparing board examinations at graduate and postgraduate levels. The text will also have a place with internists, family practitioners, and any other physicians involved in providing care of the lower extremities.
Features: Arranged in 17 chapters, the book is well organized, with each chapter lavishly illustrated with color plates, most of which have come from the author's personal collection. Paper and print quality are excellent. Planning is logical, commencing with sections on a succinct review of cutaneous anatomy, history, and physical examination as it relates to the dermatologic patient, and laboratory and diagnostic tests used in the evaluation of the patient with cutaneous disease. Subsequent chapters cover cutaneous disorders related to infectious, mechanical, metabolic tumorigenic and vascular processes. Ecrematous and papulosquamous diseases are also well covered, and two useful chapters cover psychocutaneous and pediatric cutaneous disorders. Cutaneous manifestations of the connective tissue are covered (at the author's admission) briefly, and the depth of coverage seems appropriate for a book of this scope.
Assessment: Every reference library with a section of podiatric medicine should have this book in its inventory. It will be read again and again by those in active practice as well as those in training. The photographic dislpays are superb. In summary, this book is thoroughly recommended.