2nd ed, by Robert Baran and Rodney P. R. Dawber, 513 pp, with color illus, $150, Boston, Mass, Blackwell Scientific Publications Inc, 1994.
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In 1986, I evaluated the first edition of Diseases of the Nails and Their Management (Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1986; 12:987-988). The review was mixed. In the second edition, Baran and Dawber consolidated new information, enhanced figures and tables, and completely renovated the original. Diseases is the best current reference text on the subject of nail diseases.
Substantial time, energy, and effort went into preparation of this new edition. Coverage of onychology is complete, current, and balanced. Each chapter was written by one or both of the authors. The decision to write and edit each chapter achieved its intended result. The chapters are cohesive, well-organized, and uniform in writing style and format. Duplicate coverage of topics in different sections of the book occurred by design, not by chance. The index is encyclopedic, easy to use, and complete. Its brief perusal offers a comprehensive differential diagnosis of sundry disorders including clubbing, Beau's lines,
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