Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by O. Braun-Falco, G. Plewig, H. H. Wolff, and W. H. C. Burgdorf, 2nd ed, 1853 pp, with illus, $235, ISBN 3-540-59452-3, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag, 2000.
In this day of globalization the availability of books with international origins, contributors, and appeal is increasing. The authors of Dermatology are among the leaders of the specialty in Germany, where the text has long been a mainstay. Now, the English translation by Burgdorf provides us with an excellent new reference source.
The textbook is described in the introduction as a labor of love for Dr Burgdorf, for it is probably the "last text of this size translated and typed by a single MD." At just over 1800 pages it attempts to be an encyclopedic single volume, as opposed to the trend of multivolume works—two volumes in the case of many major US dermatology texts and, most recently, four volumes for the British classic Rook/Wilkinson/Ebling Textbook of Dermatology.
DermatologyDermatology. JAMA. 2001;286(13):1642-1643. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1642-JBK1003-2-1