edited by Christopher Griffiths and Jonathan Barker, 56 pp, with 10 black-and-white illus, £12.95, ISBN 85315-399-0, London, England, Royal Society of Medicine, 1999.
This slim volume is a compilation of the proceedings of a symposium held at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, England, in 1999. Barely more than a pamphlet, it is composed of 10 dense and well-organized chapters into which experts in the field have distilled useful information acquired through decades of caring for patients with psoriasis. The book is distinguished by a continental emphasis on clinical acumen and the psychosocial context of dermatologic disease. Sections on therapeutic strategies and management of the difficult case are particularly helpful, presenting clinical pearls rather than standard protocols available elsewhere. Also notable are comprehensive reviews of published studies on treatment cost-effectiveness and quality of life measurement in psoriasis. The discussions of community-based health initiatives and psoriasis day-treatment are from the point of view of the National Health Service and consequently of greater interest to British readers.
Alam M. Key Advances in the Effective Management of Psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(8):1115. doi: