Dermatopathology: Diagnosis by First Impression / Edition 2

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Although other Atlases exist, they are organized by disease. This atlas takes the appearance as the starting point for learning how to differentiate similarly presenting problems. It concentrates on the most common diseases rather than being comprehensive, which can be confusing to the trainee. This new edition includes 15 new topics and all improved microphotographs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is a high quality book that would be useful to help prepare for board examinations or to help learn dermatopathology initially.”  (Doody’s, 27 April 2012)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Barbara M. Egbert, MD (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
Description: In essence, this is an atlas with photographs of many of the most important features which help in the diagnosis of dermatopathologic conditions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an atlas for trainees to help eliminate confusion in reading slides.
Audience: Trainees are the intended audience, which would include medical students, residents, and fellows. Practitioners of pathology who have not had a fellowship in dermatopathology will find the book helpful in decoding mysteries of dermatopathology. The senior author is a highly regarded dermatopathologist with years of experience. The other author has had outstanding training and is practicing in a high powered group of dermatopathologists.
Features: The book covers a number of entities which are closely related and depicts, in low and high power photomicrographs, features which would help distinguish among them. These entities are grouped and the salient features of each process are beautifully illustrated with histopathology with arrows to demonstrate exactly where these features are in the photograph. As would be expected, the shortcoming is that not everything could be included.
Assessment: This atlas would be very useful to trainees who find the terminology in dermatopathology overwhelming. It could be used as a reference or could be read in several sittings to give trainees a head start in diagnostics. There is no atlas that focuses on individual lesion characteristics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470657119
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine J. Ko, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA

Ronald J. Barr, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA and; Staff Dermatopathologist, Laguna Pathology Medical Group, Laguna Beach, CA, USA

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Shape on Low Power.



Regular acanthosis.

Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia above abscesses.

Proliferation downward from epidermis.

Central pore.

Palisading reactions.

Space with a lining.

Epidermal perforation.

Cords and tubules.

Papillated dermal tumor.

(Suggestion of) vessels.

Circular dermal islands.

Chapter 2 Top-Down.


Upper epidermal change.


Eosinophilic spongiosis.

Subepidermal space/cleft.

Perivascular infiltrate.

Band-like upper dermal infi ltrate.

Interface reaction.

Granular "material" in cells.

"Busy" dermis.

Dermal material.

Change in the fat.

Chapter 3 Cell Type.





Chapter 4 Color—Blue.

Blue tumor.

Blue infi ltrate.

Mucin and glands or ducts.


Chapter 5 Color—Pink.

Pink material.

Pink dermis with vessels.

Epidermal necrosis.

Index by Pattern.

Index by Histological Category.

Alphabetical Index.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    great review book

    Very to the point "picture book" for brushing up and reviewing the subtle differences that are high-yield in a dermpath exam. Glad I bought it before the test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    great reference

    This book provides a great differential for the aspiring dermatopathologist from low power images. While not comprehensive and detailed like other texts, the book helps its reader develop differentials for commonly encountered dermatopathology patterns.

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    Posted April 19, 2009

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