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From The CriticsReviewer: Susan M. Swetter, M.D.(Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a thorough review of the biology, diagnosis, and treatment of melanocytic proliferations. Although primarily histopathologic in nature, this book uniquely combines clinical features, including morphology and patient management, with discussion of quandaries in pigmented lesion/melanoma diagnosis, and the use of adjunctive immunoperoxidase, molecular, and ultrastructural techniques to assist in the diagnosis of melanocytic proliferations.
Purpose: This book is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to the histopathologic diagnosis of pigmented lesions and encompasses a multitude of topics related to benign and malignant melanocytic proliferations. It is intended for various medical specialists and as such, provides clinical correlation as well as current diagnostic and treatment approaches in the setting of melanoma and other melanocytic neoplasms.
Audience: The book is directed to practicing pathologists, dermatologists, surgeons, and oncologists with an interest in pigmented lesion diagnosis and management. It may also provide a thorough understanding of melanocytic neoplasms, including melanoma, for primary care providers and patients. The authors are internationally renowned dermatopathologists, with expertise in pigmented lesion/melanoma diagnosis.
Features: The book is composed of chapters dedicated to clinical diagnosis of melanoma, melanoma precursors, and clinical mimics, and it contains a vast array of clinical photos useful to all readers. Controversies and dilemmas in melanoma/melanocytic diagnosis are discussed including dysplastic nevi, the atypical Spitz tumor, and intraepidermal epitheloid and lentiginous melanocytic dysplasia. Uniquely, the book provides discussion of equivocal or borderline nevomelanocytic lesions, as well as an approach to the treatment of these difficult entities. Melanoma and its histological variants are described with an in-depth discussion of adjunctive diagnostic studies and molecular techniques that may assist in melanoma diagnosis and provide better understanding of tumor biology. The book concludes with a concise but comprehensive discussion of melanoma therapy, which is extremely useful to the pathologist and clinician alike. One minor shortcoming concerns the melanoma staging table in the appendix; because the final 2002 American Joint Committee on Cancer melanoma staging recommendations were not published until late 2001, they were not incorporated into this book.
Assessment: This is an incredibly relevant clinical-histopathologic text devoted to melanocytic neoplasms and useful for both pathologists and clinicians. It differs from other books in its integration of clinical features, pathology, biology, investigational techniques, and therapeutic management of the entities. The authors are correct in describing the book as a "single integrated sourcebook" providing current information to diagnosticians, practitioners, and patients in the field of melanoma and melanocytic neoplasms.