ed 2, by T. B. Fitzpatrick, R. A. Johnson, M. K. Polano, D. Suurmond, and K. Wolff, 824 pp, with color illus, $39.95, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill International Book Co, 1991.
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Color Atlas and Synopsis is a handsome and substantive book—a striking "pictorial field guide" that covers the spectrum of skin disease. For intent, presentation, and value, this book deserves a B plus.
Primarily designed for the those who occasionally need a quick cutaneous fix, without attendant detail or depth, the book would be a fine companion for the clinic, office, or rounds and an appropriate complement to any standard dermatologic text. Its clean, crisp presentation and its exceptional color photographs would tempt even a skinflint to purchase a copy.
The second edition, more expansive and more complete (86 new entries) than its successful predecessor, has 28 sections, over 400 distinctive photographs, eight appendices, and many tables and diagrams. Its format and organization are logical, and the information is uniformly practical and clinically oriented. The writing is clear, focused, and unequivocal. The text is Spartan; each entry (essentially a précis), usually
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