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February 1993

Color Atlas of the Hair, Scalp, and Nails

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(2):255. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680230145029

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I first discovered this book while browsing through the dermatology section of the local medical book store just before my dermatology boards. I was tired of studying facts and memorizing the dry Owens review notes and was looking for a new book to keep me going in the final weeks of board review. As a dermatologist, I have always loved a nice atlas; reading and perusing the pages is similar to attending a very large grand rounds with one interesting patient after another.

The Color Atlas of the Hair, Scalp, and Nails is superb. Its pages are filled with 442 high-quality color photographs (257 of the hair and 185 of the nails). The photographs of the nails are somewhat superior to those of the hair, probably because the hair and scalp are more difficult to photograph. The emphasis of the text is on the photographic material, differential diagnoses, electron microscopy,

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