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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is a straightforward book on the different types of skin cancer and dermatologic syndromes predisposing to skin cancer. It is easy to understand and the numerous, good quality clinical color photographs show various cancers, including more unusual ones such as adenoid cystic carcinoma, angiosarcoma, and cutaneous B cell lymphoma. The authors have tried to simplify classification systems for different neoplasms. There are tables summarizing treatment options and differential diagnoses.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate physicians about the many different aspects of skin cancer and the range and complexity of presentation and treatments.
Audience: The audience is dermatologists in training and medical students and nondermatologic physicians.
Features: There is a chapter on dermoscopy with excellent clinical photographs illustrating the various pigment patterns one observes in skin cancers and benign lesions. It would have helped if the vascular changes described in the text were illustrated in photographs, since it is not intuitive what a linear irregular or hairpin vessel looks like to someone learning dermoscopy. The chapter on flap closure provides a good basic rationale for designing closure of wounds that cannot be closed primarily. The diagrams are clear and easy to follow.
Assessment: This is a very good introductory book for dermatology residents and medical students taking their dermatology elective. The basic principles of treatment and diagnosis of skin cancer are covered in a clear and concise manner. The information is well organized and presented in an easy to understand format.