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January 1994

Color Atlas of Cutaneous Disorders of the Lower Extremities

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Boston, Mass


by Joseph A. Witkowski and Harvey Lemont, 133 pp, with color illus, $98.50, New York, NY, Igaku-Shoin Medical Publishers Inc, 1993.

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(1):128. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690010134033

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This color atlas illustrates skin diseases that can affect the lower extremities. A wide variety of skin disorders are illustrated, from bacterial infections to connective tissue disorders, from papulosquamous disorders and genodermatoses to drug eruptions. Each high-quality color photograph is accompanied by a short written description of the condition.

This is not a detailed textbook but provides an excellent visual guide for the podiatrist or family practitioner who might be unfamiliar with the more common dermatoses. To pique the dermatologist's interest, there are photographs of more esoteric disorders such as prolidase deficiency, vamp disease, and Vohwinkel's syndrome. My only criticism of the book is that many disorders are presented that are actually more common on other parts of the body than the lower extremities. When this occurs, it is addressed in the text. This an excellent atlas, particularly for the nondermatologist.

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