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Book and New Media Reviews
July 2001

Principles of Dermatology, 3rd ed

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by D. P. Lookingbill and J. G. Marks, Jr, 367 pp, with about 220 color and black & white illus, ISBN 0-7216-7971-4, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 2000.

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(7):975. doi:

The third edition of this classic book is a thoughtful and clear work that will certainly be useful to generalists and physicians in training. A senior dermatology resident working with me while I was reading this book enthusiastically recounted that she had read an earlier edition of Principles of Dermatology as a medical student and that it was an outstanding book that had a strong influence on her.

The preface of this third edition implies that it is intended for students, residents, and primary care physicians, and this book fills that niche well. The book is divided into sections that include an introduction to dermatology, growths, rashes with epidermal involvement, dermal rashes, ulcers, hair and nails, mucous membrane disorders, and regional and symptom diagnoses. The chapter on the principles of diagnosis is especially good for beginning dermatologists, as most students have little experience in the approach to skin diseases. Figures showing the differences between macules, papules, plaques, etc, are well done and useful.

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