edited by Howard I. Maibach, Saqib J. Bashir, and Ann McKibbon, 307 pp, $89.95, ISBN 1550091727, Hamilton, Ontario, BC Decker, 2002.
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.
If an academic topic is said to have arrived when a book is written about it, then evidence-based dermatology is clearly in the spotlight. Two entirely different books with the same title have become available within the past year. This is good news for those who care about evidence-based medicine. But it is another unwelcome reminder for the many excellent clinicians who are annoyed by the increasing insistence that their time-tested, best-loved therapies be objectively shown to be effective.
Alam M. Evidence-Based Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(3):371. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.3.371