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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is a superb collection of clinical photographs accompanied by outstanding descriptions of presentation and associated systemic diseases. It reminds me of the best of Du Vivier (Atlas of Clinical Dermatology, 3rd Edition (Elsevier Science, 2002)) and clinical pearls from Fitzpatrick (Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Common and Serious Diseases, 4th Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2001)). High quality glossy nonglare paper does justice to the excellently detailed color illustrations, which are grouped four on each page. This second edition updates the original, published in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate the various skin findings associated with systemic illnesses. The chapters are organized according to organ system involvement. Excellent tables for work-up and interpretation of laboratory tests are provided. The author shares useful acronyms to aid one in remembering diagnostic possibilities and symptom complexes.
Audience: The book will be extremely useful to all dermatologists and students of dermatology.
Features: Each chapter begins with an interesting historical vignette and photograph. All the photographs are beautifully shot. There are no blurry slide reproductions here. The text is clinically oriented and full of valuable information regarding evaluation and diagnosis. This is a definite must have.
Assessment: The color atlas rivals Du Vivier's, Fitzpatrick's, and Habif's (Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 4th Edition (Elsevier Science, 2004)) color atlases. The author has taken great pains to provide not only outstanding clinical photographs but also equally brilliant text for the illustrations.