edited by Edward Bondi, Brian Jegosothy, and Gerald S. Lazarus, 422 pp, with color atlas, $24.50, Norwalk, Conn, Appleton & Lange, 1991.
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Drs Bondi, Jegosothy, and Lazarus have edited a useful manual of dermatologic diagnosis and therapy equal in quality to the well-recognized Lange manuals in other specialties. Diagnostic methods and treatment programs are contemporary, complete, and presented in outline form.
The chapters are organized primarily according to the appearance of the clinical lesions. This method provides an entry for differential diagnosis that should be especially useful to medical students and nondermatologic physicians. There are ample cross-references in the event of variable clinical lesions for the same diagnosis and an extensive index for direct access to specific signs, diagnoses, or treatments. Tables of similar-appearing lesions are included and are helpful for a comprehensive display of the differential diagnoses at a glance.
Each chapter lists a few good references for the interested student, but not all references are the most current. This shortcoming is a reflection of the problem with a multiauthored manual.
Taylor JM. Dermatology Diagnosis and Therapy. Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(8):1261. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680070163032