Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Richard B. Odom, William D. James, and Timothy G. Berger, 9th ed, 1135 pp, with illus, $115, ISBN 0-7216-5832-6, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders, 2000.
Andrews' Diseases of the Skin continues to be true to its tradition and vision: one volume that can be lifted, carried, and read by physicians without exceptional upper body strength. This is no easy trick in the world of molecular genetics, lasers, photodynamic therapy, and epiluminescence microscopy, and it runs counter to most other general dermatology texts, which have swelled to elephantine proportions.
Obviously, you don't run to the broad-based Andrews' for the most complete, intricate, or abstruse knowledge about a disease or technical problem but rather for a clinician-to-clinician chat on the subject. Where else can you find a recipe for an analgesic poultice of aspirin dissolved in ether or chloroform for postherpetic neuralgia? One might not ever use it, but it's there.
DermatologyAndrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. JAMA. 2001;285(7):942. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.942