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Book and Media Reviews
May 5, 2010

Life-Threatening Dermatoses and Emergencies in Dermatology

JAMA. 2010;303(17):1760. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.561

Should an emergency physician buy a larger, more expensive general dermatology reference book addressing all of dermatology or a more limited book focusing on life-threatening skin disease and emergencies in dermatology? In this case, our answer is buy the former.

With almost 200 clinical photographs, Life-Threatening Dermatoses and Emergencies in Dermatology fulfills its aim of helping primary care and emergency physicians recognize dangerous skin conditions and better interpret the skin symptoms of acutely ill patients. The book likewise reminds dermatologists that they too treat life-threatening diseases such as purpura fulminans, toxic shock syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and autoimmune bullous diseases.