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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD(Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is a second edition general dermatology encyclopedia.. I like it being one volume; it is handier than multiple volumes where it seems that you always are attempting to find something in the wrong volume.
Purpose: This is meant to be a reference for dermatologists, dermatology residents, medical students, and general practitioners. It does not offer any advantage over the well known dermatology texts such as Rook's Textbook of Dermatology (Blackwell Science, 1998) or Freedberg'sFitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine - 2 Volume Set (McGraw Hill, 1999). The editors are from Germany and are very knowledgeable, and the information is up to date.
Audience: As is stated above, dermatologists, dermatology residents, medical students, and general practitioners are the intended audience.
Features: There is an abundance of good quality color photographs. I wish the discussions on differential diagnoses had been more in depth. For example, sarcoidosis is left out of the differential diagnosis under psoriasis. This would make it a valuable resource for those practitioners trying to make sure they have thought of everything in their 15-minute evaluation of puzzling skin eruptions. The discussions on therapy vary from brief to many pages, depending on the entity. I wish the authors had been more consistent on this aspect.
Assessment: The text is easy to read and covers basic information on general dermatology. It is a good starting point for students, residents, and nondermatology physicians seeking a comprehensive and friendly source. As a dermatologist, I would continue to refer to Rook or Freedberg for in-depth readings on topics.