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January 1989

Pathobiology and Recognition of Malignant Melanoma

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Elmhurst, Ill

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(1):137. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670130139028

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This well-coordinated, multiauthored textbook, thin and easily carried, presents many interesting and important issues related to malignant melanomas.

It is refreshing to read the historical background concerning the description of melanoma in 1806 and how the excisional margins were originally determined. It shows the genuine interest Mihm has in this subject to trace it this far back.

I like the concise, complete, well-illustrated portrayal of that controversial entity, the dysplastic nevus. Whether right or wrong, data are presented to show why the authors regard dysplastic nevi as precursors of malignant melanoma. In the end, the chapter is punctuated by the awaited therapeutic recommendation.

Even for the nonexperimental researcher, the chapter on pathobiology of melanoma is written in a succinct manner that would stimulate and capture the interest of the practicing dermatologist.

Cochran, in his presentation of melanoma markers, bridges the problems of the clinician with possible answers derived from the

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