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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This introductory book on the basics of dermatology takes the most elementary approach to learning pathophysiology and clinical presentations of common dermatoses. Shaded tables summarize salient points of diagnosis and evaluation. Although color photographs accompany the text, not all entities are illustrated.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to dermatology for students.
Audience: The audience includes medical students and anyone else with no prior knowledge of dermatology.
Features: A broad overview of the major skin diseases is presented using brief, simple discussions. The opening chapters provide a background on skin physiology and the structure of the basement membrane. The appendix includes a helpful dictionary. A quiz to test readers' knowledge is provided, along with answers.
Assessment: I prefer Skin Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment, 3rd edition, Habif et al. (Elsevier. 2011), or Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, 6th edition, Wolff and Johnson (McGraw-Hill, 2009), but this paperback is a fraction of the cost. It may prompt novices to explore dermatology in more detail, and it is hard to find a book with color photographs at this price.