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February 1985

Malignant Skin Tumours

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(2):281. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660020139041

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This is primarily a surgical book written by 23 authors from Australia. In addition to malignant melanoma, the book covers basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, keratoacanthoma, actinic keratoses, Bowen's disease, sarcoma, cutaneous lymphoma, and appendageal tumors. The introductory chapters on epidemiology of skin tumors in Australia and UV effects and prevention are concise presentations of the relevant facts.

Unfortunately, the scope of this book is too broad for its size. Consequently, the authors resort to listing categories of diseases with superficial discussions. In the discussions of the pathology of the different tumors, no mention is made of the usefulness of immunohistopathology in differential diagnosis. While the material is well organized, the photographs and diagrams are excellent, and the wealth of clinical experience presented by the authors is impressive, the overall impression is that the book needs to be updated to include some of the more recent aspects of diagnosis

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