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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Wei Cui, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a guide to the pseudoneoplastic mimics as they occur in the skin that could lead to inaccurate interpretations and missed diagnoses.
Purpose: Nonneoplastic processes and neoplasms can be alike at a macroscopic level, at a microscopic level, or both. Comparisons between neoplasms and their mimics at different levels and points that contribute to a differential diagnosis are emphasized in this book.
Audience: Dermatopathologists and general pathologists with a special interest in dermatopathology are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers the pseudoneoplastic mimics of epithelial tumors, melanocytic tumors, mesenchymal lesions, neurocutaneous rests, and hematopoietic neoplasms. Its best feature is the generous use of photos to illustrate the clinical findings of skin lesions along with the photos of microscopic findings. However, the quality of the printing could be better.
Assessment: This is a valuable book. The authors describe many cutaneous neoplasms and their mimics from a unique perspective. Unlike other books in this area, the authors focus on the unique morphologic features to differentiate these neoplasms from their mimics. Inclusion of many clinical pictures of different skin lesions in addition to histologic photos is a feature that differentiates this from other books in the field.