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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book could be aptly titled: "Important Dermatology Facts You Should Know," but Dermatology Secrets is catchier. In any case, the information can't really be classified as secret. The book is divided up into chapters covering topics such as infectious disease, skin malignancies, inflammatory disorders, etc., and uses a question-and-answer format to impart information on pathogenesis, treatment, and clinical presentation of various diseases. The color photographs are of variable quality.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a stimulating way to test and expand your current dermatologic knowledge base.
Audience: The audience is dermatology residents and those of us who are facing recertification.
Features: The questions hit the salient characteristics of the entities discussed and the answers are to the point. Basic principles are covered and no assumptions are made as to readers' prior knowledge, which provides readers with an assessment of strengths and gaps in understanding. This is a painless way to quiz and update yourself on a broad number of dermatologic topics quickly. The chapters are short, with tables contrasting clinical features of similar diseases, summaries of treatments, etc. All are quite useful for helping assimilate the information more readily.
Assessment: I see this book as helpful for dermatology residents preparing for the boards and clinical dermatologists who are planning to take recertification exams.