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Book and New Media Reviews
May 2003

Color Atlas of Dermatoscopy, 2nd ed

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by Wilhelm Stolz, Otto Braun-Falco, Peter Bilek, Michael Landthaler, Walter H. C. Burgdorf, and Armand B. Cognetta, 224 pp, with 302 illus, $248.75, ISBN 1-4051-0098-2, Berlin, Germany, Blackwell Wissenschafts-Verlag Berlin, 2002.


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Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(5):678. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.5.678-a

Dermatoscopy has emerged as an important diagnostic adjunct in the clinical evaluation and diagnosis of pigmented lesions. Despite widespread use in Europe, dermatoscopy is not routinely taught in US residency training. In the current medical environment, dermatologists are expected to be expert in the clinical differentiation between malignant and nonmalignant pigmented lesions. Historically, however, diagnostic accuracy of difficult lesions is about 75% for general dermatologists and only 80% for dermatologists with greater experience. Dermatoscopy provides an additional tool by which clinicians may incorporate a formal method of evaluating problematic lesions and potentially improve diagnostic accuracy.