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While I have reviewed more than 100 books, seldom have I faced a review with more trepidation. Colleagues have told me of their attempts to review major textbooks and I have observed the efforts of distinguished physicians in many fields to cope with this task. Now it's my turn. First, I must confess to a number of conflicts of interest. I am a contributor to this book, having written a small chapter on cutaneous chemotherapy reactions. Second, I am one of the editors of another large dermatology textbook, Demis. Finally, as a young resident I was asked to contribute to Fitzpatrick and have always had a warm spot in my heart for that text.
The title suggests that Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery has a few distinguishing features. The "integrated approach" refers to a series of companion volumes, which include 3 currently available books (Atlas of Cutaneous Surgery, Cutaneous Medicine and
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