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February 1997

Clinicopathologic Correlations in Dermatopathology

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Greenville, SC


by Clay J. Cockerell, 135 pp, with illus, $59.50, New York, NY, Igaku-Shoin Medical Publishers Inc, 1995.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(2):257-258. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890380131032

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Cockerell writes in the preface of Clinicopathologic Correlations in Der- matopathology that his book is "intended to present 'caricatures' of fully developed disease" in an effort to illustrate both the clinical and the histological features of disorders of the skin. After introductory pages, including a discussion of biopsy techniques, this short book is divided into chapters based on cutaneous findings, such as macules and patches, nodules and tumors, vesicles and bullae, and atrophy. As a pathologist and dermatopathologist, I appreciated the grouping of diseases not by microscopic features but rather by clinical ones. Key histological and clinical patterns are highlighted before the discussion of each disease that is illustrated; the discussion further details the clinical and histological features. At times, the differential diagnoses are commented on and when not discussed I wished for their mention, although Cockerell states that this book is not intended as a comprehensive text. In addition,

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