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Book and New Media Reviews
October 2001

Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Common and Serious Diseases, 4th ed

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Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(10):1382. doi:

"Baby Fitz" has grown up. The fourth edition of the mainstay of aspiring dermatologists tops 1000 pages and has more text on each page than previous editions.

In many ways, this remains a remarkable volume. It is arguably the best portable atlas of general dermatology. Unlike several similar volumes aimed at the general practitioner, it does not routinely sacrifice accuracy for brevity. Nor does it restrict itself to unnecessarily thorough explanations of only very simple dermatoses. Each of the 30 sections is divided into numerous, occasionally dozens of, subsections that cover topics as esoteric as urticarial vasculitis and tularemia and as basic as skin tags and paronychia. The goal is clearly to include as much as possible in as much detail as possible within the undeniable space constraints. In support of this objective, a fixed format is followed throughout. Each 3- to 4-page subsection discusses epidemiology, pathogenesis, history, physical findings, differential diagnoses, laboratory examinations, diagnosis, course and prognosis, and management. Best of all, each section includes one or more large, high-quality color photographs of clinical manifestations.

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