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Book and New Media Reviews
July 1999

Cutaneous Pathology

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(7):865. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-7-dbk0799

Cutaneous Pathology, written by John Maize and 6 colleagues, aims to provide students, residents, and practitioners of dermatology and pathology with a concise guide to the histopathologic diagnosis of skin diseases, with emphasis on a differential diagnostic approach.

A review of the table of contents reveals the following structure. The book begins with 3 general chapters, namely "Normal Skin," "Technical Principles," and "Morphologic Patterns in Inflammatory Diseases," based on A. B. Ackerman's method of pattern analysis. These pages are useful, especially for newcomers. The core of the work is formed by 19 chapters where all the common inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the skin are concisely addressed. These chapters are arranged along traditional lines and are structured in the following major categories: "clinical features," "histopathology," and "differential diagnosis." Overall the chapters are nicely constructed, written in a comprehensive, easy-to-read fashion, and provide a spectrum of information and ideas. Of special interest is the use of many algorithms indicating pathways of differential diagnosis, as well as careful attention to the diagnostic approach.

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