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Book and New Media Reviews
April 2003

Color Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, 3rd ed

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by William L. Weston, Alfred T. Lane, and Joseph G. Morelli, 370 pp, $99, ISBN 0-323-01821-1, St Louis, Mo, Mosby Year–Book Inc, 2002.


Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(4):548. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.4.548-a

It's a pleasure to review the third edition of Color Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology. The concise, well-written and user-friendly text is composed of 22 chapters, beginning with "Structure and Function of the Skin" and ending with "Dermatopharmacology and Topical Formulary." Most of the conditions likely to be encountered in a busy pediatric dermatology clinic are covered.

This book is aimed mainly at primary care physicians, pediatricians, and pediatric and dermatology residents, although clinical dermatologists will also find it useful as a quick reference source in the clinic. Headings are clear and a strong point are the numerous boxes and tables that summarize important and salient features of each condition. The chapters on acne, fungal infections, vascular lesions, skin cysts and nodules, drug eruptions, and dermatopharmacology are particularly well written. There are 557 illustrations and photographs and these are generally of good quality. A useful feature are the 17 patient education sheets in the appendix, which may be copied and given to patients.

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