Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
The fourth edition of Clinical Dermatology is
a well-organized text covering all aspects of dermatology commonly encountered
in routine practice. According to the author, it "is intended to be a practical
resource for the busy clinician" and is addressed to all practitioners, from
students to dermatologists. The reader is referred to more comprehensive textbooks
for "theoretical information, disease mechanisms, and rare disease."
Clinical Dermatology has 27 chapters on a wide
range of topics, including principles of diagnosis, atopic dermatitis, skin
infections, malignancies, dermatologic procedures, and other subjects useful
in daily practice. Each chapter is presented in a consistent format, beginning
with a concise outline that highlights the information it contains. The text
is well written, giving detailed descriptions of skin lesions, pathogenesis,
and pathophysiology when appropriate, differential diagnoses, and current
treatment. All chapters are well referenced.
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