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Book and New Media Reviews
March 2001

A Pocket Guide to Malignant Melanoma

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by John Buchan and Dafydd Lloyd Roberts, 55 pp, with 36 color illus, $29.95, ISBN 0632054212, Oxford, England, Blackwell Science Ltd, 2000.


Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(3):390. doi:

This new compact guide by authors from England warrants an equally succinct book review: it is an easily readable and highly informative summary of cutaneous melanoma. The book is organized in a very traditional structure with epidemiology, clinical diagnosis, pathology, treatment, and prevention. A section on differential diagnoses is particularly useful for beginners who may think that cutaneous melanoma is unique in appearance.

The text is well written and concise. The authors carefully crafted a simple medical dialogue with the audience without sacrificing accuracy.There is much more focus on early disease presentation than on treatment of advanced disease. For example, chemotherapy and interferon treatment each consume only a single paragraph of the Guide. As stated on the back cover, this book is intended for medical and nursing professionals in primary care and dermatology settings. I think the guide will also enjoy wide readership among medical students. For dermatologists, however, the text is inadequate. More photographs, histopathologic discussions, and referenced medical evidence would be needed to properly train skin care professionals.

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