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July 1991

Cancer of the Skin

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Providence, RI

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(7):1088. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680060164035

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Skin cancer is by far the leading cause of death among dermatologic conditions in the United States. It is also a substantial cause of morbidity, and concern about skin cancer is a major reason for seeking dermatologic care. The importance of this topic clearly merits a thick textbook.

The editors intend Cancer of the Skin to be a textbook of the "emerging discipline" of cutaneous oncology. They have produced a well-organized textbook whose 41 chapters cover major aspects of this field. Individual chapters are devoted to adnexal malignancies, Merkel's cell carcinoma, Paget's disease, and cutaneous sarcomas, in addition to basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Other chapters consider cutaneous manifestations of internal malignancy, malignancy-associated genodermatoses, and benign conditions that resemble sarcoma, lymphoma, carcinoma, or melanoma. Ten chapters cover a wide range of therapeutic techniques, from the widely used electrodesiccation and curettage to the less conventional pulsed neodymium

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