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January 1993

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology I

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Baltimore, Md

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(1):119. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680220135032

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The second edition of Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology I by A. Bernard Ackerman, with the assistance of two visiting fellows at New York (NY) University, is an update of the edition published more than 15 years ago, with new photographs.

It is an atlas in which pairs of microscopically similar cutaneous diseases are compared. For each pair, a clinical photograph and three photomicrographs in color are shown side by side on a single page. The pictures are of generally good quality but are three inches or less in greatest dimension and, in some cases, details are hard to see even at the highest magnification shown. Thus, the pictures of simple lentigo do not show melanocytic hyperplasia clearly and, despite the aid of lines drawn to show particular microscopic features, differences between a Spitz nevus and malignant melanoma are not easily seen. Differential diagnostic features are listed in two useful columns

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