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January 1985

Primer of Dermatopathology

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(1):133. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660010137040

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This soft-cover book was written in response to the frustration felt by residents when they are first exposed to the bewildering field of dermatopathology. Unlike most textbooks, Primer of Dermatopathology is organized by anatomic location and pattern of pathologic change, so that changes observed via microscopy can be easily matched with the proper chapter. To use this book, the reader first examines a microscopic slide, using a low power objective, to identify the site of major pathologic change. Using this information, the findings are matched with one of five sections organized by location of pathologic change: epidermis, basement membrane, dermis, appendages, and panniculus. After examining the slide more carefully to detect additional changes, such as the composition of the cellular infiltrate, the correct diagnosis is further narrowed to one of the 25 chapters. Each chapter is in outline form, with the information organized into three vertical columns. The first column

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