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From The CriticsReviewer: Renata H. Mullen, MD(Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
Description: This book is an overview of the major groups of disorders seen in dermatology.
Purpose: It is meant as a working manual for the primary care practitioner, to be carried and used daily. These worthy objectives are met, for the most part.
Audience: This book is written for the non-dermatologist, and can be used by primary care physicians, residents, and medical students. The editor and contributors are credible authorities on the subject matter.
Features: The most frequently seen diseases in dermatology are covered in this book. There is a particularly useful and important guide to topical cortisone use. The color pictures are especially helpful. There are a few, however, that do not show the typical presentation of a disease, and one where the growth described is not present. The sections on differential diagnosis are occasionally not extensive enough. Since this is meant as a compact guide, stronger editing could have condensed some sections further and thereby would have provided space for more extensive disease categories. Moreover, ten pages on surgical technique are not needed in a book of this format, and they take up valuable space. Some of the contributors are stronger than others, and there is, therefore, some inconsistency in quality from chapter to chapter.
Assessment: This is a good quality, useful guide for the non-dermatologist. Its size makes it easy to carry and refer to on the go. The color photos make it superior to other guides that either have very few photos or only black-and-white photos.