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Book and New Media Reviews
September 1998

Primary Care Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(9):1172-1173. doi:

This well-written book principally is designed for primary care physicians and primary care providers. Nevertheless, it should be useful for all medical students and many other physicians. It is available in soft cover, and the color photographs are included in an atlas at the beginning of the book. This should allow it to fall into a price range attractive to primary care providers.

Highlights of the text are many and varied. It is the first dermatology textbook written explicitly for primary care physicians and providers. It is about common dermatologic disorders, and each chapter is organized in a readable and helpful format. Principles of diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and considerations for therapy are discussed by each author throughout the text. Also covered in this text are those disorders not to be missed because of their emergent or critical nature. Unique to this book, each chapter contains the subheading of "Pitfalls and Problems" that can be helpful to the nondermatologist. Likewise, issues of when to ask for consultation and when to refer are addressed in many of the chapters.

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