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Book and Media Reviews
August 17, 2011

Skin Cancer—A World-Wide Perspective

Author Affiliations
 

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (daniel.federman@va.gov).

JAMA. 2011;306(7):769. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1165

Most textbooks are broad-based, densely packed with facts, and apparently geared for a wide readership. They provide information on a variety of entities, sometimes almost superficially, and include extensive bibliographies for readers seeking more in-depth knowledge. With that in mind, I was impressed by Reinhard Dummer and colleagues' ambitious work, Skin Cancer—A World-Wide Perspective.

Readers seeking a comprehensive, well-written compendium of information on cutaneous neoplasms, replete with excellent references, will be delighted with this new contribution. The largest chapters are appropriately devoted to the more common malignancies, such as basal and squamous cell carcinomas as well as melanoma, but what makes this work unique is its comprehensive inclusion of most, if not all, types of cutaneous neoplasms. In fact, while the term “skin cancer” appears in the title, readers should know that the book also includes exceedingly useful information on nevi, premalignant entities such as actinic keratosis, benign cutaneous neoplasms, appendageal tumors, fibrous/histiocytic tumors such as dermatofibromas, and vascular tumors such as cherry angiomas.

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