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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: M. Peter Marinkovich, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book lists clinical information about genodermatoses in a synopsis/schematic form.
Purpose: Its purposes appear twofold: (1) to provide a pared-down guide to care of patients with genodermatoses and (2) to assist physicians in specialty board preparation. This book does not completely fulfill either objective.
Audience: The book is geared toward clinicians, residents, and medical students.
Features: The book is well illustrated and contains some pertinent references. The list of support group addresses is a useful asset. The combination of written, sketched, and photographic material is presented in an easy-to-digest format.
Assessment: The clinical information presented in the book is useful, but for the purposes of direct patient care, this book by itself does not adequately substitute for the more comprehensive texts listed in the suggested reading sections. Additionally, although much progress has been recently made on the molecular basis of many of these diseases, there is a pronounced lack of coverage of this subject in the book. As gene therapy is becoming increasingly available, this information will be required in patient care. As information on molecular pathogenesis is emphasized on specialty board examinations, physicians studying for these exams will find the book incomplete. Despite these shortcomings, the book functions as a useful introduction to the genodermatoses and can serve as a stepping stone to further study.