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The second edition of this single-volume textbook of dermatology (85 chapters, 80 contributors, 1003 pages of text) continues the format established in the first edition (87 chapters, 75 contributors, 976 pages of text) of high-quality, all-color clinical photographs surrounded by succinct text and summary tables. All chapters have been revised, with expansion of those on the structure and function of skin and on AIDS, and a chapter on cosmetic dermatology has been added.
As in the first edition, the primary factor that sets this second edition apart from most of the other textbooks of dermatology is its superb clinical photographs. A few are underexposed, overexposed, slightly out of focus, or lacking in sufficient contrast, but the great majority illustrate the typical lesions of the specific diseases with great clarity and intensity.
The text is again well edited, with the styles of the 80 contributors (61 returning) blended for uniformity and
Shenefelt PD. Principles and Practice of Dermatology. JAMA. 1997;277(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540280086043
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