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June 1989

Vascular Birthmarks: Hemangiomas and Malformations

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(6):857. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670180129028

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Mulliken and Young's treatise on vascular birthmarks, which was an absolute delight to read, is a welcomed addition to the cutaneous literature. Vascular Birthmarks: Hemangiomas and Malformations is a comprehensive approach to vascular anomalies that is masterfully written by two recognized authorities in the field, with assistance in certain specialized areas by several of their colleagues. The book is aimed both at "[doctors] who have had little or no experience with diagnosis and management of uncommon vascular birthmarks... and to those familiar and fascinated..." to help them understand and care for patients with vascular anomalies, thus preventing what the authors have termed the problem of the "medical nomad," ie, patients searching for someone who understands their problem. The confusing and varied "terminological chamber of horrors" used for vascular birthmarks, the absence of large published series concerning the management of these uncommon entities, and the lack of an English-language specialty textbook

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