June 1997

Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Common and Serious Diseases

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Seattle, Wash


3rd ed, by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, Richard Allen Johnson, Klaus Wolfe, Machiel K. Polano, and Dick Suurmond, 1030 pp, with color illus, $49, New York, NY, McGrawHill, 1996.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(6):801. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890420147031

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At my university, if medical students decide to purchase a dermatology text prior to beginning their clinical dermatology elective, most arrive armed with a copy of Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. An informal survey of these students has revealed that a strong sense of "value for money" makes this book jump off the shelf. The new third edition is no exception, and with 150more color photographs than the second edition, coverage of more than 30 new diseases, expanded therapy sections, and a fully updated section on human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, it may be a better value than ever.

The organization of the book has been altered significantly in this latest edition, which is divided into 3 main parts: disorders presenting in the skin and mucous membranes, dermatology and internal medicine, and diseases caused by microbial agents. Each part is divided into 8 to

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