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January 4, 1995

Cutaneous Surgery

Author Affiliations

Tulane University Medical Center New Orleans, La

JAMA. 1995;273(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520250100043

The last two decades have seen explosive growth in the practice of dermatologic surgery, which has played an increasing role in the routine practice of dermatology. Textbooks meeting a corresponding need included Epstein and Epstein's Techniques in Skin Surgery (now through the fourth edition), Bennett's Fundamentals of Cutaneous Surgery (1988), and Roenigk and Roenigk's Dermatologic Surgery (1989). Dr Wheeland has edited the newest text, which features an impressive list of contributors.

As with any multiauthor text, there is variability from chapter to chapter, from average to excellent. The division of the book into five parts is a rational one, allowing grouping of appropriate topics, with the first, "Basic Surgical Concepts and Procedures," providing an excellent overview of and introduction to dermatologic surgery. A comprehensive approach to basic concepts is very useful, in my estimation, for teaching residents. The chapters of the first part, beginning with history and followed shortly by

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