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Book and New Media Reviews
March 1998

Adult and Pediatric Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

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by Lowell A. Goldsmith, Gerald S. Lazarus, Michael D. Tharp, 628 pp, $59.95, Philadelphia, Pa, FA Davis Co, 1997.


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(3):387. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.3.387

Over the past 2 decades, dermatologic literature has been enriched by numerous atlases, color guides, and illustrated textbooks that elaborate on general aspects or discuss specific topics of our specialty. Aided by the advancements in high-quality imaging and computerized technology, this formidable collection of books has become a popular way of conveying information on skin diseases among clinicians—dermatologists and nondermatologists alike. Adult and Pediatric Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment is 1 more worthwhile addition to the dermatologist's library. The book is a completely revised edition of the Diagnosis of Skin Disease published in 1981. The newest edition is a distillation of more than 450 common skin problems illustrated with more than 500 color photographs. Notable differences from the original edition are the smaller portable size, the richly illustrated and updated text, and a new section on therapeutics. The framework is similar to the authors' earlier work with the diseases grouped by primary lesion rather than type of disease. This approach constitutes the book's major strength, as it simulates the nature in which patients are seen in the clinical setting and helps the readers reach the diagnosis based on their clinical observation.

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