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October 1992

Clinical Dermatology Illustrated: A Regional Approach

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Atlanta, Ga

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(10):1423. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680200135038

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This reasonably priced paperback is designed to help the nondermatologist diagnose and manage 50 to 60 common skin conditions. Since its premise is that lesion location is a major clue to diagnosis, the book is organized into five areas (scalp, face and neck, genitalia and axillae, extremities, and trunk and generalized) plus "tumors, lumps, and marks." Also included are a formulary and explanation of diagnostic procedures (potassium hydroxide examination and culture, scabies preparation, and skin biopsy). There are also patient guides for 15 problems, including acne, hand dermatitis, atopy, pubic lice, head lice, scabies, sun protection, warts, and moles and melanoma.

The simplistic "regional" approach serves more as an organizational scheme for looking up information about known disorders than as an atlas for matching rashes to patients. Overviews are sparse and no consistent attempt is made to group morphologically similar rashes together. The regional format sometimes requires the authors to

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