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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martin Vazquez, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book is an excellent starting point when faced with a patient with a lip condition.
Purpose: Though it requires a basic understanding of dermatologic morphology, it should be useful for the intended audience, from specialists on disorders of the mouth to pediatricians and general internists. This is a much needed text as there is no other such book, to the best of my knowledge.
Audience: The book is focused solely on congenital and acquired disorders of the lips. The concise presentation of etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and management makes it very useful. Otherwise, a text with more in-depth discussions on each disorder would require a large volume of information which would reduce its usefulness as a starting point or reference point for the practitioner.
Features: It is my opinion that the authors sacrificed depth in order to maximize the scope of the diseases presented. It should, however, be noted that each disorder is covered concisely with the essential facts only. A reference is provided for each lip condition for those in need of more information. It is the scope of lip diseases covered in such a concise fashion that should make this text useful for a vast array of practitioners. Extremely useful is the chapter at the beginning of the book on signs and symptoms of lip disorders. For each sign/symptom, the authors present an alphabetical list of the possible disorders that present with such a sign/symptom
Assessment: This is an excellent book to use as a starting point when faced with a patient presenting with a certain symptom of the lips. Once fundamental knowledge is obtained from the text, more in-depth information can be pursued by using the provided references or other texts.