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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This dermatology book for general practitioners includes chapters devoted to the structure and function of the skin, infections, bullous disorders, pediatric dermatology, skin tumors, etc. New chapters in this expanded edition cover bioterrorism, cosmetic dermatology, lasers, and sports related skin problems. With this ninth edition, John Hall has assumed Dr. Sauer's academic role in the publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to aid general practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders.
Audience: General practitioners and medical students are the audience.
Features: The dictionary-index combines definition of dermatological terms and syndromes with pages where they are discussed in the book. Good discussions cover therapy with comments about the treatment that an inexperienced person would appreciate knowing. For example, it is noted that a particular cream is effective but can stain clothing yellow, or that a particular cream is effective but unpleasant smelling. The exact way in which one would prescribe the medications is spelled out in detail. The differential diagnosis gives clinical pointers in differentiating the diseases.
Assessment: This book joins other good books for physicians trying to learn more about dermatology. Compounded medications are shared by the authors. Practical advice to give patients is often provided in handout forms.