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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Barbara M. Egbert, MD (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
Description: This book covers the essentials of dermatopathology in an engaging and visual manner. The photomicrographs are excellent and just ask to be looked at. In addition, sections cover key features and differential diagnosis.
Purpose: The purpose is to cover the basics of dermatopathology and to make learning this area easier for students of dermatopathology. This also would be a great board review book.
Audience: The book is written for residents and practitioners, particularly dermatology and pathology residents. Medical students also would find it useful. The primary author is nationally and internationally known, and the other authors are highly regarded in their fields.
Features: The excellent photomicrographs are the best features of the book. They are of very high quality and show the intended point well. The terse text outlining key features and differential diagnosis helps to lock in the points. The only shortcoming is the difficult link to the promised lectures online. After a number of unsuccessful attempts at trying to call up these lectures, I gave up. Access to these should be much more user friendly.
Assessment: This is one of the best concise texts for medical students and residents. For a long time, only long, all-inclusive books were available, which could be discouraging for neophytes. This book would be perfect for visual learners.