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Book and New Media Reviews
November 2002

Handbook of Paediatric Dermatology

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(11):1520. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.11.1520

Handbook of Paediatric Dermatology is a first-edition text by British pediatric dermatologist Julian L. Verbov. The book aims "to make the diagnosis of childhood skin disorders easier for the reader."

The book has 213 pages divided into 11 chapters that group diseases together in a somewhat unconventional fashion at times. Each chapter starts with a detailed and complete table of contents, followed by a brief introduction of the topics. This text would be more appropriately called a color arias rather than a handbook. Each page has 2 to 3 color photographs with underlying captions. The 400-plus photographs are illustrative and of superb quality. The captions are easy to read, describe brief case histories, and provide good, basic clinical pearls. What I found most interesting is that Dr Verbov writes in first person, an uncommon finding in medical texts these days. Besides chapter introductions and captions, there is no other text. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are somewhat cursory and only provided within the captions if at all.