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September 1997

An Atlas of Dermatology

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(9):1177. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890450129026

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Lionel Fry is an acclaimed British dermatologist who produced Dermatology: An Illustrated Guide, published in 1973 with editions in 1978 and 1984. With a new publisher, he continues his work in excellence and has written An Atlas of Dermatology. This is a concise, beautifully illustrated color atlas of general dermatology. The strength of this book is the superb quality of the 439 color photographs. The classic presentations of both common and rare skin disorders are thoroughly demonstrated, with mucosal, ocular, and genital manifestations well represented.

The initial chapter discusses the nuances of history taking and physical examination of the skin. The author presents clear definitions of dermatologic descriptors in categorizing the type of lesion as well as its distribution and configuration. With each disorder throughout the atlas, he continues this fundamental exercise of describing the type of lesion and its distribution and configuration, elaborating on known causes, natural history, and

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