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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: Dr. Gordon Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases is alive and well in this 10th edition of a collaborative effort by dermatology residents and faculty. The book will appeal to general practitioners and medical students, as the focus is on helping them interpret the correct general category of skin condition they are seeing in their patients. The chapters are organized by clinical categories such as acneiform dermatoses, pruritic dermatoses, vascular dermatoses, etc. With each discussion is a detailed list of suggested treatment options. Throughout the chapters, Dr. Sauer's clinical tips appear in shaded boxes. The index is also a dictionary, defining terms and syndromes that are confusing for nondermatologists.
Purpose: The purpose is to help physicians who are not dermatologists in diagnosing, treating, and understanding some of the common skin disorders they will encounter in their patients. Medical students would enjoy reading the salient points without being overwhelmed by more authoritative encyclopedic texts.
Audience: The audience is general practitioners, family practitioners, internists, nurse practitioners, medical students, and first year dermatology residents.
Features: This is a good basic clinical dermatology reference. Its strengths are the differential diagnoses and the treatment plans, many of which are based on the authors' personal clinical experiences. Useful tables of comparison illustrate clinical presentation of similar diseases, staging of diseases, and drugs. Although there are numerous color photographs, some are not clear enough or are too dark to appreciate the lesional characteristics. The book is also accessible online.
Assessment: This manual provides nondermatologists and students with a painless way to educate themselves in dermatology without getting encumbered by the perplexing language. Following the authors' tips, one can arrive at a reasonable possibility of a diagnosis and embark on treatment with some confidence.