by Lawrence C. Parish, Young Chai Kauh, and Herbert A. Luscombe, 144 pp, with color illus, $135, New York, NY, Igaku Shoin Medical Publishers, 1993.
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I, like most dermatologists I know, enjoy viewing clinical photographs. We are, after all, ''visual'' people. As such, I think we tend to spend some time browsing through atlases. In part, we can use it as a means of testing our clinical skills by covering the caption of a photograph and making the diagnosis before revealing the answer. In effect, this is the very challenge that greets us with each new patient we see.
The Color Atlas of Difficult Diagnoses in Dermatology has what is required of all great atlases, wonderful photography. The pictures provided are classic presentations of the diseases discussed.
For the most part these are common diagnoses, albeit sometimes difficult ones, being reviewed. There are a good number of rarer and more esoteric diseases, but I do not see this as the main thrust of this text. The authors themselves state this in the preface of their
Krushell J. Color Atlas of Difficult Diagnoses in Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(6):813. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690060151034