February 1997

Color Atlas of the Nail in Clinical Diagnosis

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Chicago, Ill


2nd ed, by Donald W. Beaven and Stafford E. Brooks, 272 pp, with color illus, Barcelona, Spain, Times Mirror International Publishers Ltd, 1994.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(2):258. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890380132034

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This book is a well-organized, basic color atlas intended for multiple specialties. There are 16 chapters that include the most commonly seen nail changes and an outstanding chapter on normal nail anatomy, examination, and normal variations. The opening chapter on nail anatomy and examination is an excellent orientation for the medical student, internist, and the first-year dermatology resident. Chapters dedicated to koilonychia, canaliformis, infections, psoriasis, onychodystrophies, trauma, and chromonychias are intended more for the dermatologist. Other chapters on nail changes seen in systemic diseases and changes seen in congenital disorders may be appreciated not only by dermatologists but also by primary care physicians.

The bulk of each chapter is composed of excellent clinical photographs. Most chapters also include a differential diagnosis and an overview of the nail disorder. Diagrams accompany many of the photographs to better illustrate particular nail disorders. The color photographs and the chapter on nail anatomy and

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