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This illuminating review of the basic diagnostic and therapeutic skills used by dermatologists comprehensively demonstrates for primary care clinicians their application in daily practice. Using extensive illustrations and an excellent library of color photographs, the authors provide an overview of basic skills and cover 33 common dermatological conditions encountered every day. Dermatology Skills for Primary Care offers clinicians an authoritative and easy to use resource that will not only improve basic dermatological skills, but also provide the broader foundation clinicians need when managing troubling skin disorders.

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Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: Written for family practitioners, the book has a teach yourself, step-by-step approach to learning dermatology. Each different type of skin lesion is covered in the same way: a little clinical vignette and then questions concerning the differential diagnosis, counseling of the patient, and treatment. Answers are provided and explanations in simple terms are suggested for patient education. It would be better to have the photos integrated with the text instead of having them at the back of the book forcing readers to flip back and forth.
Purpose: The purpose is to help primary care physicians feel more comfortable with diagnosing and managing common skin diseases. Guidelines are given when to obtain a dermatology consult.
Audience: The audience is family practitioners and general medicine physicians.
Features: The authors do a good job of distilling dermatology down to the basic nuts and bolts where a novice should not feel too overwhelmed by the information. The salient facts about different skin entities and common sense approaches for management are presented in a clear fashion. The color photographs are of variable quality and, in general, would not be that helpful in diagnosis. One can ascertain the general pattern and distribution but the photos are usually not detailed enough to observe the careful description in the text.
Assessment: This is a good beginning dermatology book for primary care physicians wishing to increase their expertise in handling skin problems. I would recommend supplementing it with a good color clinical atlas, either Wall et al.'s Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2005) or Habif's Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 4th edition (Elsevier, 2004). The book is useful for clinical management and differential diagnosis. One of the authors is an MD and JD so an attorney has reviewed the information and worded some documentation and discussion tips.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617375989
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Series: Current Clinical Practice Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 399,822
  • Product dimensions: 0.95 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Skills

Specific History

Dermatologic Physical Examination

Indicated Supporting Diagnostic Data


References for Part I

Part II: Papular, Papulosquamous, and Papulo-Vesicular Skin Lesions

Molluscum Contagiosum (Dimple Warts)

Verruca Vulgaris (Common Warts)

Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)

Pityriasis Rosea

Psoriasis Vulgaris

Lichen Planus

Miliaria Rubra (Prickly Heat)


References for Part II

Part III: Epidermal, Dermal, and Epidermal/Dermal Lesions


Tinea (Superficial Fungi, Dermatophytosis, Ringworm)

Urticaria (Urticaria Simplex, Common Hives)

Fixed Drug Eruption


Erythema Multiforme

References for Part III

Part IV: Epidermal and Dermal Lesions, Eczematous Lesions, and Atrophies

Lupus Erythematosus

Toxicodendron Dermatitis (Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac; Also Known as Rhus Dermatitis)

Atopic Dermatitis (Atopic Eczema, Disseminated Neurodermatitis, Besnier's Prurigo)

Asteatotic Eczema (Xerosis, Xerotic Eczema, Eczema Craquelé, Eczema Cannalé, Eczema Hiemalis, Winter Itch)

Senile Purpura (Bateman's Purpura)

Striae Distensae (Striae Atrophicans, Striae Gravidarum, Stretch Marks)

References for Part IV

Part V: Pigmented, Pre-Malignant, and Common Malignant Skin Lesions

Seborrheic Keratosis (Old Age Spots, Liver Spots)

Ephelides (Freckles)


Melanocytic Nevi

Malignant Melanoma

Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis)

Keratoacanthoma (Molluscum Sebaceum)

Common Skin Cancers

References for Part V

Part VI: Vesiculo-Bullous and Papulo-PustularDisorders

Impetigo (Impetigo Contagiosa)

Herpes Simplex Recidivans (Herpes Labialis, Cold Sores, Fever Blisters, Herpes Genitalis)

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Acne Vulgaris (Acne, Zits)

Rosacea (Acne Rosasea)

References for Part VI

Appendix A: Table of Primary Lesions and Related Disorders

Appendix B: Table of Secondary Lesions and Related Disorders

Color Photographs


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