Atlases of skin diseases are valuable teaching aids to acquaint medical practitioners with the wide variety of cutaneous eruptions. Bork and Bräuninger have compiled such a book with a superb and extensive collection of vivid photographs of cutaneous eruptions. The accurate color and clarity of the photographs make this an outstanding collection.
The book is set up with the clinical photographs on the left-hand pages and the accompanying descriptive text on the right-hand pages. Each section of text is divided into a brief overall descriptive paragraph followed by a paragraph on the clinical features and a brief discussion of therapy. The types of cutaneous eruptions covered in the book are arranged randomly. For example, lichen planus is situated between pediculosis and sun reactions, separate from other types of papulosquamous eruptions. On the one hand, the order makes it somewhat difficult for a medical practitioner to look up an eruption by type within some of the sections. On the other hand, the index is comprehensive so individual types of cutaneous eruptions can be readily found. A brief differential diagnosis for each section is not included and would have been helpful.
Webster SB. Skin Diseases in Clinical Practice, 2nd ed. Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(10):1281–a–1281. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-10-dbk1099
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