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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.