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Book and New Media Reviews
March 2004

Evidence-Based Dermatology

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edited by Hywel Williams, Michael Bigby, Thomas Diepgen, Andrew Herxheimer, Luigi Naldi, and Berthold Rzany, 738 pp, with CD-ROM, $165, ISBN 0727914421, London, England, BMJ Books, 2003.


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Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(3):370-371. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.3.370

Williams, Bigby, Diepgen, Herxheimer, Naldi, and Rzany have produced an exciting new book. A wide international group of dermato-epidemiologists that was involved in writing the 54 chapters is acknowledged. The book, which is accompanied by a CD-ROM, is divided into 4 parts—part 1, the concept of evidence-based dermatology; part 2, the critical appraisal toolbox; part 3, the evidence; and part 4, the future of evidence-based dermatology.

Evidence-based medicine represents the best way of linking and integrating clinical research with clinical practice. Evidence-based dermatology does not tell dermatologists what to do, but practicing evidence-based medicine is an essential skill that is as basic to being a doctor as the ability to examine and diagnose as formulated by Williams in chapter 2.

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