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From The CriticsReviewer: Barbara M. Egbert, MD(VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
Description: This is the second edition of an encyclopedic text covering most aspects of dermatopathology. The first edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to be comprehensive, applicable to service work, and to include recent references. These are worthy objectives and the author meets them.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners of dermatopathology, general pathology, and dermatology. The book is directed at this level. It would be an excellent reference for residents in these fields, but is very inclusive and may cause residents to be bogged down. The author is a world authority in the field.
Features: All aspects of dermatopathology from inflammatory disease to neoplastic disease are covered thoroughly. The introduction and tissue reaction patterns are well done and would be helpful to residents. The color coded index helps in finding particular areas. The book is too heavy (unless you are into pumping iron on a daily basis) and should be divided into two volumes. Some of the low power illustrations are not of the quality of the high power illustrations.
Assessment: The book is of the highest quality and is very useful for the day-to-day work of the dermatopathologist. Other books in this field are less encyclopedic. This new edition is probably a year or two ahead of its need, but it is useful to have very current references and in his enthusiasm, the author refused to let any more time go by.