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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: Outstanding and terrific are modest accolades for this dermatologic therapeutic reference. The current treatments for 245 diseases are discussed and the clinical supporting studies are cited for each treatment option. The authors have helpfully included on every page a legend for decoding the abbreviation key to the types of studies supporting each modality (double-blind control, versus anecdotal versus a given number of patients in the study). Treatment choices are listed as first, second, and third line therapies and the rationale and associated risks are reviewed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide easy access to all pertinent treatment options for many skin, hair, and nail diseases that dermatologists commonly encounter in their patients. The book exceeds its objectives.
Audience: The audience is practicing dermatologists. It is a bit advanced for beginning dermatology residents, but third-year residents should definitely buy this book.
Features: There is a representative clinical photograph of each entity, with a brief overview of the disease including clinical presentations. Summaries of therapies are highlighted in colored boxes followed by citations of studies and a brief conclusion of the articles' findings. The strengths of the book are the depth of coverage and the incredible user-friendly format that presents a wealth of material. This edition includes an access code for an online version. Every dermatologist can benefit from owning this book. You really are doing yourself and your patients a disservice by not having this book readily available. It is invaluable for treating those conditions for which you have tried everything, letting you choose a more obscure treatment for a difficult to treat condition with the confidence that you are justified by clinical data.
Assessment: This is a must-have book and definitely among the top dermatology books published this year. I look forward to the next edition and applaud the authors for their superb efforts in educating us in a quickly changing field which makes dermatology fun and challenging. P.S. It's an unbelievable steal at 25 cents a page!