Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Irwin M. Freedberg, Arthur Z. Eisen, Klaus Wolff, et al, 5th ed, 3129 pp, with illus, $395, ISBN 0-07-912938-2, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1999.
Unlike other specialties—anatomy, immunology—our specialty of dermatology has had no prior golden era. One hopes that we are now at the emerging edge of our golden age.
Some of the many good reasons to believe in a golden time for integumentologists are apparent in this huge, 3000-page textbook. Now in its fifth edition, Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine has been a mirror of fundamental progress in dermatology. Only recently has biochemistry advanced enough to study the thin, multilayered complex tissues of the gut, lung, nerve, retina, bladder, and skin, yet it is barely the beginning.
DermatologyFitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, vols 1-2. JAMA. 1999;282(8):798. doi:10.1001/jama.282.8.798-JBK0825-2-1