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Book and New Media Reviews
October 2005

Genital Dermatology Atlas

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(10):1328. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.10.1328

At first blush, this is an impressively and elegantly printed, moderately priced book with wonderful color pictures of many genital dermatoses. The initial predominance of the female rather than the male genitalia in these illustrations is forgiven as one turns each page to see yet another well-defined and explicit photograph.

It is only when one reads the text more closely that one discovers a number of unnecessary errors and inconsistencies, particularly related to therapy, although none of those that I noticed will lead to serious mismanagement. For example, tacrolimus is not a monoclonal antitumor necrosis factor antibody. Also, fluconazole as a second-line therapy for tinea cruris may not be as effective as itraconazole or terbinafine.