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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roger C Lee, MD, PhD (Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
Description: This is a fairly comprehensive overview of common skin conditions and how diagnostic and treatment options are modified, if necessary, for patients with skin of color.
Purpose: The purpose is to help readers understand the complexities associated with the treatment of many disorders in patients with skin of color. This is an important topic because of the general nature of the problem and because, in most of the world, the percentage of the patient population with skin of color is increasing. Overall, the authors have done a good job of meeting their goal.
Audience: The book is primarily geared for practicing dermatologists and other physicians who treat patients with skin conditions, especially in the cosmetic arena. The authors have are relatively well known in the field of dermatology.
Features: This book covers both a wide swath of general medical dermatology conditions and, toward the end, has a significant section on cosmetic dermatology. One laudable approach this book takes is to categorize the strength of evidence for the recommended approaches. This is useful, but can make for a somewhat stilted reading experience. The references are relevant for the most part, but some are quite old which may not necessarily be the fault of the authors. A better approach may be the one found in the Current Opinion journal series, which highlights the references of particular significance in the lists of multiple references. Pictures are, for the most part, high quality. Tables in the book are legible and well organized.
Assessment: This is a useful book for dermatologists to have in their office, in particular those who have a significant number of patients with skin of color — which is soon to be most dermatologists.