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Book and Media Reviews
April 4, 2007

A Clinician’s Guide to Dermatologic Differential Diagnosis, vol 1: The Text A Clinician’s Guide to Dermatologic Differential Diagnosis, vol 2: The Atlas

JAMA. 2007;297(13):1494-1497. doi:10.1001/jama.297.13.1496-a

These 2 volumes, comprising text and extensive bibliographies in volume 1 and color images in volume 2, represent an enormous undertaking. They feature 284 dermatologic entities illustrated by 4000 figures and together weigh approximately 14 lb.

Each volume parallels the other in organization. The classification is based on morphology, ie, the form and structure of a disease or its photographic pattern, with further breakdown into pathophysiologic categories such as drug reactions, infections and infestations, neoplasms, and syndromes. The authors use contemporary terminology, avoiding antiquated or idiosyncratic appellations or terms.