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May 1999

Pathology of the Skin: Atlas of Clinical-Pathological Correlation

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(5):613. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-5-dbk0599

This is a magnificent atlas of 1800 clinical and histopathological photographs, with no text other than the figure legends. It is intended to be a companion to the detailed textbook Pathology of the Skin, edited by Evan R. Farmer and Antoinette F. Hood, MD, the second edition of which is expected to be published in 1999. The chapters in the atlas roughly follow those in the other textbook.

No matter how the chapters of a book on skin diseases are arranged, there are imperfections, as some conditions just do not fit well into single categories. This book is organized in a logical manner often used in other books. The majority of the chapters are based upon pathologic morphological categories (eg, Perivascular and Interstitial Dermatitis), and most of the rest are organized by etiology (eg, Fungal Infections). Diseases are generally not grouped by clinical morphological characteristics, lesion locations, symptoms, or noncutaneous signs, so there is no place to look for face rashes or ring-shaped rashes. Not all subepidermal bullous dermatitis is in the chapter by that name (bullous drug reactions are instead in the chapter titled Cutaneous Drug Reactions). Therefore, novices using this kind of picture book (and most other similar books) might have trouble knowing where to start a search. But then there are other books that can help them with that problem.