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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: If Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick had authored a textbook on ethnic skin diseases, he probably would have produced a work very similar to this one. Excellent color clinical photographs on high quality glossy white paper make this book a pleasure to peruse. Although the principles of treatment, presentation of disease, and diagnosis would apply to Caucasian skin as well, the authors put particular emphasis on the differences and unique aspects of skin of color. Interesting tables list statistics on the prevalence of various skin diseases by ethnicity.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate all members of the medical community about dermatologic care of patients with different types of skin pigmentation.
Audience: The audience includes all members of the medical community who have an interest in dermatology and who care for patients with skin of color, a group that would encompass medical students, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, etc.
Features: Topics are summarized in color shaded tables and include good discussions of therapy. A useful table lists the various antifungal regimens available for treatment of tinea infections. Off label treatments are included and noted as such. For the most part, the clinical photographs are of excellent quality. Chapters also cover plastic surgery needs specific to people of color, such as reduction cheiloplasty. Practitioners need to be familiar with these procedures in order to best serve their patients. However, discussions are limited to basic overviews and are not in-depth approaches to how to perform procedures.
Assessment: I would recommend this book to anyone caring for a multiracial mix of patients. It also serves as a good standalone general dermatology textbook. It is definitely one of the superior books currently available covering dermatology issues in patients of color.