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March 1981

Cytodiagnosis in Dermatology

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Orange, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(3):188. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650030066025

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This book is the only currently available textbook devoted almost entirely to cutaneous cytology and, in this sense, is a literary landmark. Dermatopathology has become an increasingly important discipline for the dermatologist, but little attention has been paid to cytology. Professor Ruocco has attempted to fill this void.

As the author points out, the textbook is not merely translated from Italian, but is rewritten in clear and easy-to-read English. Most of the terms used are standard, and synonyms are listed when appropriate. The contents include a general section that covers basic technique, fixation, and staining. What follows is a specialized section including (1) normal cytology; (2) papules and nodules, primarily neoplasms; and (3) vesicles and bullae, including some discussion of immunofluorescence microscopy. A wide variety of lesions is covered, each usually illustrated by one or more color photomicrographs with a corresponding short discussion.

Unfortunately, the book has several shortcomings. The

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