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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: We are so lucky to have such an excellent, excellent reference on drug eruptions available to us. It is inconceivable that a dermatologist would not possess this book, much less a physician. Every M.D. should buy this book. Dr. Litt keeps expanding each edition with more valuable information. Now he has drug interactions as well as every reported skin side-effect of virtually every prescription medication.
Purpose: The purpose is to help physicians diagnose skin eruptions caused by medications.
Audience: The audience is all physicians.
Features: The book is organized by medications in alphabetical order, with all the reported cutaneous reactions listed, the incidence, and exhaustive references for each side-effect. It is extremely well organized and well thought out. The book is very easy to use and educational. I have always loved the back of the book where the 101 most common skin reactions are listed along with the drugs most commonly associated with these reactions.
Assessment: There is now a CD-ROM included with the book, so you can easily access it on your computer in the office. I personally like having two copies: one for the office and one to read in bed. This is a super book that is unsurpassed in the wealth and usefulness of information contained on drug eruptions. Dr. Litt can take another big bow. Encore!