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Book and Media Reviews
October 26, 2011

Manual of Gender Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey (dawrone@yahoo.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(16):1807. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1550

The Manual of Gender Dermatology is divided into 8 parts with a total of 32 chapters. The first chapter, written jointly by the authors, attempts to define gender dermatology. The concept involves looking at diseases and questioning “whether gender is actually responsible for different etiologies, clinical manifestations, and responses to treatment” (p 3). The authors state that the book will focus on diseases that show a difference between the sexes. Part 1, “Primer of Gender Dermatology,” comprises 6 chapters discussing the roles of genetics, sex hormones, immunology, and psychology. Interestingly, the authors did not include chapters on pregnancy or on genital dermatology, instead opting for a broader, more comprehensive approach.

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