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From The CriticsReviewer: Barbara M. Egbert, MD (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
Description: This concise book is meant to be used as a supplement to existing textbooks of dermatopathology. It is unique in that it has extensive lists of differential diagnoses of both pathologic findings and clinical findings. This edition is an update of Atlas of Dermatopathology (Mosby, 1988).
Purpose: The author's purpose was to produce a practical guide to dermatopathology which included numerous lists of differential diagnoses meant to be used in conjunction with an existing textbook of dermatopathology. The author meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: Written primarily for practicing physicians in the fields of pathology and dermatology, it is more useful to general pathologists and general dermatologists as a beginning in the evaluation of a slide. Residents in dermatology and pathology would find this book useful as a concise text. Dermatopathologists would probably immediately use a complete text of dermatopathology. The author is an excellent and well known dermatopathologist.
Features: Opening with extensive lists of differential diagnoses, the book then continues with inflammatory and neoplastic entities in dermatopathology. The use of differential diagnoses of both clinical features and pathologic features is innovative. There are numerous excellent illustrations. Because it is concise, the book does not include a number of entities, such as normal histology, EM, hair, nails, oral mucosa, pathogenesis, and treatment. The number of references is very small.
Assessment: This book has many excellent features and would be useful to general pathologists and dermatologists as well as residents in those fields. This is one of the few books that includes pathologic and clinical differential diagnoses and is one of the few concise texts. The photomicrographs are of excellent quality. A CD-ROM is included, so that some of the material could be used in lectures.