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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Omar Pastor Sangueza, MD (Wake Forest University School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a compendium of dermatopathology that covers a large number of common and some less common entities in dermatopathology. It is divided in two parts. The first deals with technical issues relating to the practice of dermatopathology, while the second deals with clinical issues. Because of this wide scope, most of the diseases are covered rather superficially.
Purpose: According to the editors, the main aim is to help improve the management of patients with skin cancer. This is a valuable objective that is, unfortunately, only partially achieved by this work.
Audience: This book is addressed to Moh's surgeons and residents in dermatology. The authors are recognized experts in the area of Moh's surgery.
Features: The book first covers the tactical and administrative aspects involved in running a histopathology laboratory. The second part of the book is devoted to covering a wide spectrum of neoplasms of the skin, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, adnexal neoplasms, melanomas, sarcomas, and other miscellaneous tumors. Many of these sections are incomplete and poorly organized. Although there are some good pictures, especially those in color, the photographic material of this book leaves much to be desired.
Assessment: The most valuable part of this book is the area that deals with technical issues; there are no other books that deal with these subjects. It will be helpful to residents in dermatology and to Moh's fellows and practitioners to become familiar with all the material and equipment, as well as the techniques that are necessary to start and to run a histopathology laboratory. It will also help them comply with the regulations that govern the functioning of these laboratories. The second part could serve as a quick reference for some of the neoplasms; however, it is obvious that for the serious student learning about the different neoplasms there are other books better suited for this purpose.