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Book and New Media Reviews
December 2000

Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases, 8th ed

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(12):1574-1575. doi:

With the eighth edition, this classic textbook of dermatology for nondermatologists continues to be a valuable resource for the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases. The intent of the authors is to create a book that reviews the material medical students and general practitioners must know to manage common skin diseases. To that end, the book succeeds, with chapter after chapter full of practical advice regarding dermatologic disorders.

Like many other dermatology texts for primary care physicians, the book begins with common diagnostic procedures, dermatologic nomenclature, and common surgical and destructive procedures. The chapters on diagnosis by location, dermatologic formulary, and cosmetics are especially good. The main portion of the book is dedicated to short reviews of common skin diseases, from eczemas and pruritus, to pigmentary disorders and tumors of the skin. One of the recurrent themes in the book is the careful attention given to proper bathing, moisturizing, and other skin care techniques for various conditions. Recommendations of over-the-counter products are given frequently, using both generic and commercial names, to make them easier for the patient to find. Algorithms for initial and subsequent office visits are given for many skin diseases, with additional recommendations for resistant cases. Actual case presentations are given in many chapters with subsequent recommendations for care, providing a practical approach to each subject rather than an exhaustive list of therapeutic options. Some of the best chapters are those on eczemas, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, rosacea, papulosquamous diseases, mycology, nail disease, geriatric dermatology, and tropical skin diseases. Some chapters, such as those on spirochetal infections, human-immunodeficiency virus–related skin disease, granulomatous dermatoses, and genodermatoses are excessive for a primary care audience, and could have been condensed.