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January 1996

Color Atlas of Dermatoscopy

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Toledo, Ohio

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(1):102. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890250116030

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The Color Atlas of Dermatoscopy sets out to illustrate the principles of the use of the dermatoscope for the evaluation of pigmented skin lesions. The dermatoscope is a relatively new diagnostic tool, the use of which should increase the clinician's ability to preoperatively assess the malignant potential of any skin lesion. The authors point out that among general dermatologists diagnostic accuracy of melanoma is only about 70%, a number that seems frighteningly low. Dermatoscopy is a tool that allows a more thorough evaluation of skin lesions through the use of bright light and magnification. However, just being able to see a pigmented lesion better does not necessarily let one diagnose it more accurately; there must be objective criteria that allow a correlation between the clinical appearance and the histologic appearance. This is where the authors succeed magnificently. One hundred ninety-seven clear, labeled, color photographs present the dermatoscopic findings of benign

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