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October 1995

Pediatric Dermatopathology: Clinical and Pathologic Correlations

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Cambridge, Mass


by Bernett L. Johnson, Jr, Paul J. Honig, and Christine Jaworsky, 334 pp, with color and black-and-white illus, $195, Stoneham, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1994.

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(10):1221-1222. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690220129032

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Although there have been numerous dermatopathology texts and several pediatric dermatology books, Pediatric Dermatopathology is one of the few textbooks that specifically addresses dermatopathology in the pediatric population. Many of the entities discussed also occur in adults, but others are specific to newborns, infants, toddlers, and adolescents. These include congenital malformations and tumors, such as nasal glioma and branchial cleft cyst; genetic disorders, such as epidermolysis bullosa and tuberous sclerosis; bullous diseases, such as chronic bullous disease of childhood; and hair shaft abnormalities, such as pili torti. This 334-page textbook emphasizes the clinical and histopathologic features of pediatric dermatopathology.

While some of the chapters are wonderfully written, focused, and comprehensive, others are disappointing. The first chapter on anatomy and embryology is only two pages and of minimal value. The strongest chapters are ''Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease,'' ''Panniculitis,'' ''Infections,'' and ''Arthropod Bites, Parasite Infestations, and Coelenterates.'' Many helpful tables are

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