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February 1990

Atlas of Dermatopathology

Author Affiliations
Rochester, NY

edited by Ronald P. Rapini and Robert E. Jordan, 141 pp, with color and black-and-white illus, Chicago, Ill: Year Book Medical Publishers Inc; 1988.

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(2):262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670260134037

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This book is the most recent addition to a growing number of atlases whose purpose is to illustrate and describe the histopathology of diseases of the skin. It contains 120 color plates and over 600 black-and-white photomicrographs that illustrate a large number of diseases, from the mundane to the exotic. As the authors state in the preface, the lack of clinical and pathophysiological data makes this book a companion to, but not a substitute for, a more traditional dermatopathology textbook.

The myriad textbooks and atlases of dermatopathology that are available are a testimony to the different approaches that individual authors use to illustrate and categorize a large body of diverse and growing material. One of the strengths of this text is the innovative organizational format that the authors have employed. The first chapter describes virtually every pathological change that can be seen in a skin biopsy followed by an indexed

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