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Book and Media Reviews
May 28, 2008

Color Atlas of Melanocytic Lesions of the Skin

JAMA. 2008;299(20):2449. doi:10.1001/jama.299.20.2449

Distinguishing between benign melanocytic lesions and more pernicious entities can be daunting to dermatologists as well as nondermatologists. This problem is underscored by the fact that benign nevi are almost ubiquitous, while simultaneously, in the United States, melanoma is the sixth most common cancer among male and the seventh most common cancer among female individuals.1 With this background in mind, Color Atlas of Melanocytic Lesions of the Skin by Soyer et al is a wonderful addition for readers interested in this topic. The book is divided into 5 major sections encompassing how to examine the skin, new technological advances in diagnosis of skin lesions, nevi and nevus syndromes, melanoma, and other pigmented lesions.

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