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Book and New Media Reviews
June 2001

Interactive CD of Dermascopy

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by Giuseppe Argenziano, MD, H. Peter Soyer, MD, Vincenzo De Giorgio, MD, Domenico Piccolo, MD, Paolo Carli, MD, Mario Delfino, MD, Angela Ferrari, MD, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, MD, Daniela Massi, MD, Giampiero Mazzocchetti, MD, Massimiliano Scalvenzi, MD, Ingrid H. Wolf, MD, 1 CD-ROM, requirements (minimum): Pentium 133 MHz, 32-Mb RAM, 24× CD-ROM driver, 800 × 600 resolution, and 16 bit color graphics capability (the CD-ROM was tested with Microsoft Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0, and it can work on the Apple operating system if Windows emulation software is installed), book: 208 pp, $290, ISBN 88-86457-30-8, Milan, Italy, Edra Medical Publishing and New Media, 2000.

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(6):831-832. doi:

If it is possible that a CD on a scientific subject such as dermoscopy could ever be considered a masterpiece or a work of art, then as an experienced dermoscopist I would have to say that the Interactive CD of Dermoscopy is an impressive labor of love, a work of art, and a scientific masterpiece. The CD and accompanying book have an enormous amount of information, mostly visual, that makes a difficult subject easier if not easy to learn.

The principal authors are true dermoscopic experts with extensive clinical and teaching experience. No concept or detail is left unexplained. In most of the points made there are excellent interobserver agreements; however, throughout the CD the authors add the disclaimer that with dermoscopy there will never be 100% interobserver agreement. Whichever pathway you choose to take and study among the many given, if you put in the time (and I have to emphasize that learning this CD-aided technique will take time and effort) you will learn and/or master dermoscopy. This important technique has been clearly shown to significantly increase the rate of correct clinical diagnoses of pigmented skin lesions.

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