March 1997

Principles and Practice of Dermatology

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Washington, DC


2nd ed, edited by W. Mitchell Sams, Jr, and Peter J. Lynch, 1042 pp, $150, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1996.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(3):399. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890390143033

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This second edition of the highly successful Principles and Practice of Dermatology is certain to be an immediate best-seller among clinicians, residents in dermatology, and non-dermatologists. As the editors emphasize in the preface, this textbook was designed with the clinician in mind and is completely revised and rewritten, with the inclusion of many high-quality color photographs.

The text begins with a short introduction to the structure and function of skin, followed by sections on problem-oriented diagnoses and diagnostic procedures, and concludes with medical and surgical procedures. These introductory chapters have some wonderful 3-dimensional color illustrations and the photographs in the diagnostic procedures chapters are excellent. These sections were clearly designed to teach beginning dermatology residents and nondermatologists the fundamentals of clinical bedside diagnoses of skin diseases.

During the past several months I have had the opportunity to use this textbook frequently during my clinical activities and for the preparation of

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