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August 1996

Pathology of Melanocytic Nevi and Malignant Melanoma

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New York, NY

 

by R. L. Barnhill, 294 pp, with 258 color illus, $130, Newton, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995.

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(8):988. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890320142031

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Abstract

This is a beautifully presented book that has as its stated goal "to provide a comprehensive description of melanocytic lesions occurring in the skin." The abundance of color illustrations on acid-free paper provides a durable atlas that can serve as a good reference book for pathology and dermatology residents who need to study the microscopic anatomy of pigmented lesions of the skin. The text has an abundance of tables that summarize the features of the most important lesions and their distinction from other lesions in the differential diagnosis.

The overall organization of the book gives insight into whether this book is for you. It is divided into 12 chapters with the following headings: (1) "Melanocytes" (11 pages on basic aspects); (2) "Biopsies, Tissue Processing, and Special Studies" (8 pages on basic tissue processing); (3) "Circumscribed Pigmented Lesions Composed of Basilar Melanocytes" (11 pages on freckle, cafe-aulait macule, lentigo simplex, solar

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