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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: The title suggests that dermatologic topics specifically pertaining to women are covered in this book. However, there is considerable overlap with general dermatology subjects that are not specific to women.
Purpose: The goals are ambitious and are not adequately met in this book. The authors try to accomplish too many things and succeed in covering many topics but not as in-depth as I would like to have seen.
Audience: The book is aimed at general medical practitioners and gynecologists who have a predominantly female practice.
Features: There are interesting chapters such as transexuality, menstrual-associated skin disorders, battered women, and cultural skin attributes. Unfortunately, they consist of only a few pages and the information is presented in a very general manner. The chapter on transexuality has a long discussion on tattoo removal but there is a paucity of other issues a dermatologist may face with such patients. The chapters on breast and vulvar disorders are lacking in detail on treatment.
Assessment: The concept of a book devoted to female dermatology is a good one. The authors need to narrow their scope of coverage to succeed. In the meantime, I would recommend one of the other texts available on vulvar dermatology and dermatoses of pregnancy to supplement one's library on female dermatology.