edited by Bruce H. Thiers and Richard L. Dobson, 642 pp, with illus, $95, New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1986.
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Pathogenesis of Skin Disease is an excellent compilation of up-to-date reviews of etiology and pathophysiology of the commonly discussed skin disorders. Each chapter is a short but complete review of current literature, written by well-recognized experts in their field. The pages are filled with high-quality photographs and simple, well-structured diagrams.
The writing style is fairly uniform throughout the book, despite the presence of numerous authors (with the exception of the chapter on dermatitis herpetiformis). Each chapter can be easily read in a short sitting. The editors were careful to avoid excessive detail concerning molecular biology and biochemistry, which can often slow one's reading pace and turn off clinicians.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the book lies with a situation that is no fault of the editors or authors: the pages are peppered with statements that outline our ignorance. On reading these chapters, one is constantly hit with the realization of
Birnbaum P. Pathogenesis of Skin Disease. Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(3):325. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660270063014