Reviewer: Jon C Starr, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is a general review of procedural dermatology. The contributing authors, mostly dermatologists, are all authorities in their field. It is comprehensive in scope, discussing almost all of the surgical techniques currently practiced by general and surgical dermatologists.
Purpose: The purpose is to update the reader on the current state of the art of the techniques used by dermatologists for both therapeutic and cosmetic indications. This is a rapidly evolving field in which updated information is critical. The goals are admirably accomplished in the basic procedures and offer good introductions for advanced techniques.
Audience: This book is written for physicians with basic experience in procedural dermatology. The contributing authors are all credible authorities in the topics they review.
Features: As mentioned, the book covers almost all procedural dermatology, from the mundane such as cryosurgery, to advanced techniques, such as liposuction and blepharoplasty. The book also reviews important ancillary topics such as aseptic technique, documentation, instruments, etc.
Assessment: This book is excellent. The layout, figures, and photographs are clear, easy to understand, and consistent in quality. I enjoyed reading every chapter. There are many excellent books in procedural dermatology; this one can be counted among them.