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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This overview of dermatological conditions uses color illustrations and sample case reports to help educate chiropractic students undergoing their training in chiropractic college. The main reason for a book directed at chiropractors is that medical books include detailed information on testing and interventions that cannot be done by chiropractors. The focus here is on conservative management methods instead of more involved therapies and procedures. This is the first such book for chiropractic students.
Purpose: It is intended to provide a reliable source of information for chiropractors and chiropractic students about dermatological conditions, with a focus on conservative management and appropriate screening procedures to detect early stage melanoma and other conditions. Chiropractic students have for years relied upon standard medical texts providing interventions and tests that chiropractors cannot provide. To that extent, this book has certainly met its objectives.
Audience: This is directed mainly at chiropractors and chiropractic students. Dr. Wiles is a well-known academic administrator and instructor in chiropractic, and Dr. Williams is well known in the chiropractic internal diagnosis field. Along with these two authors Dr. Ahmad teaches at Northwestern University of Health Sciences.
Features: While the primary focus of this book is on the diagnosis and management of the more common skin disorders, there is an unusual emphasis on skin wellness and screening. The authors begin by offering a spirited defense of writing a book on dermatology for chiropractors, but rapidly move to discuss skin wellness and skin physiology. They also look at skin biology and pathophysiology before they provide detailed information on a host of conditions affecting the skin. In doing so, they provide numerous color illustrations, all of which are highly didactic and representative of the conditions under discussion. These are a strength of this book. With its emphasis on conservative means of management, an entire chapter is devoted to looking at various methods of management, from oils and vitamins to OTC compounds and products. The book also includes sample case reports and a self-assessment test to help students understand the concepts.
Assessment: At first, I was surprised to see this book, feeling that with so many good medical books on the subject, what would distinguish this one? What does distinguish it is the direction it takes — looking at wellness and screening, providing good information on basic biology and physiology, and then focusing on means of management that are inside the chiropractic scope of practice. Chiropractors tend to see a lot of skin, so being able to identify pathology is critically important. The authors have done a yeoman's job here presenting this information, and I feel comfortable in recommending this for use in chiropractic education.