June 1997

Cutaneous Disorders of the Lower Extremity

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia, Pa


by G. L. Dockery, 308 pp, $110, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(6):801. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890420147030

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This is an interesting book on the dermatologic aspects of the lower extremities from the perspective of a podiatrist. The author based the book on lectures he has given about the cutaneous findings of the lower extremities. The book's 308 pages are pleasantly formatted and well illustrated. In the preface, Dockery urges his readers to study the book "from beginning to end" in hopes that the reader will become a good observer, diagnostician, and practitioner of the skin. It is truly a regional perspective of dermatology.

The book begins with 4 chapters on the fundamentals of dermatology: anatomy, physical examination, diagnostic tests, and algorithms for evaluation. These chapters are succinct and probably thorough enough for the intended audience of this book (ie, nondermatologists), but are not satisfying for a dermatologist. Subsequent chapters attempt to categorize cutaneous diseases into causal or descriptive groups loosely based on the algorithms developed in the

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