John Louis Ratz, ed, 647 pp, $185, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1998.
Textbook of Dermatologic Surgery, edited by John Louis Ratz, is a winner. Dr Ratz and his coeditors, Roy G. Geronemus, Michael P. Goldman, Mary E. Maloney, and R. Steven Padilla, have put together an outstanding textbook on dermatologic surgery, with an emphasis on cosmetic procedures.
The textbook was designed to be a comprehensive text organized in a "how to" format. It is of moderate size, only 647 pages, but includes close to 2000 photographs and illustrations. The large number and the truly outstanding quality of these photographs and illustrations are a big attribute of the text and help make it succeed in guiding the reader through a vast array of surgical procedures. All of the very helpful illustrations are done by the same medical illustrator and, along with very strong editorial control, help the text flow from the first chapter to the last. Although there are some 54 authors and 4 associate editors, the text is written very tightly and reads as though written by a single author, except for the 2 sections on hair transplantation (given to provide the reader "two slightly different, but significant, approaches").
Rohrer TE. Textbook of Dermatologic Surgery. Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(2):219-a-220. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-2-dbk0299