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October 13, 1999

DermatologyA Photoguide of Common Skin Disorders: Diagnosis and Management Managing Skin Diseases

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association

JAMA. 1999;282(14):1384-1385. doi:10.1001/jama.282.14.1384-JBK1013-5-1

A Photoguide of Common Skin Disorders was written by Dr Goodheart as a reference for nondermatologists. It is an atlas with several hundred excellent photographs.

The guide begins with an illustrated glossary defining the morphology of skin lesions with both photographs and cartoons. I believe the book would have been better off without the little drawings, which seem to be at an elementary school level.

The bulk of the text is devoted to common skin conditions, from acne to neoplasms. Each disease is divided into "Basics," "Description of Lesions," "Distribution of Lesions," "Clinical Manifestations," "Diagnosis," "Differential Diagnosis," and "Management." This format is followed throughout the book. Unfortunately, the introduction of each new disease begins at the top left page. Diseases about which the author has little to say, therefore, result in considerable blank space. Had these recurring voids of white shiny paper been filled with photographs or words, the text probably could have been reduced by at least 100 pages. Why the publisher made the environmentally unfriendly decision to maintain the chosen format is a mystery to me.

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