by H. Eliot Y. Ghatan, 320 pp, with illus, $29.95, Pearl River, NY, Parthenon Publishing, 1994.
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As an encyclopedic manual of differential diagnoses of skin lesions, Ghatan's Dermatological Differential Diagnosis and Pearls is an extremely useful softcover reference for both practicing dermatologists and dermatology residents faced with the arduous task of classifying cutaneous diseases into clinical groups. Practitioners can use this book for expanding any differential diagnosis, especially in difficult cases where initial management is unsuccessful. Residents will also find this book beneficial as part of an organized study plan and in the preparation of differential diagnoses for those classic patient conferences.
To facilitate ease of use as a reference, the author maintains alphabetical order throughout. Part one devotes itself to the art of differential diagnoses and is subdivided into five sections according to the following scheme: primary lesion, secondary features, morphologic eruptions, regional eruptions, and pediatric differential diagnosis. Subclassifications are presented according to the mnemonic ''Vitamin HC'' (vascular, infectious, traumatic, allergic, medications/metabolic, idiopathic, hematologic, congenital),
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