2nd ed, edited by Mark V. Dahl and Peter J. Lynch, 271 pp, with black-and-white illus, $99.95, Chicago, Ill, Current Science Group, 1995.
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The second edition of Current Opinion in Dermatology reviews the major advances throughout dermatology, including dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic therapeutics, international dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and clinical research. Specialists within their fields have provided in-depth but concise reviews on topics. The text is divided into 10 sections, each containing two to five topics of current interest, such as new treatments of vitiligo, necrotizing softtissue infections, and the reemergence of tuberculosis. The book is beautifully illustrated with colorful figures, helpful tables, and a generous collection of excellent photographs. As an example, in the section on Kawasaki syndrome, one finds a table presenting the American Heart Association guidelines for long-term follow-up of patients with Kawasaki syndrome. Another table I found extremely useful outlines an age-appropriate approach to interactions with children. The expected behaviors by age are discussed and interviewing techniques are recommended, with an emphasis on how-to-approach procedures.
The book's strongest feature
Becker BA. Current Opinion in Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(8):969. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690200109033