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July 1996

Leg and Foot Ulcers: A Clinician Guide

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Detroit, Mich

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(7):851. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890310143035

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I salute Drs Falanga and Eaglstein for a wonderful color atlas of leg ulcers. This is an excellent atlas for any clinician who treats patients with leg wounds. It contains much practical information gleaned from their vast experience with leg ulcers over the last decade.

It is the first book that provides more than 300 color photographs of a variety of leg wounds, ie, subacute lupus erythematosus, cryofibrinogen, cryoglobulin, antiphospholipid syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic arterial ulcer vs diabetic neuropathic ulcer, pyoderma gangrenosum, vasculitic ulcer, venous ulcer, periarteritis nodosa, atrophie blanche, and malignancy manifested as a leg ulcer. Instead of organizing the book alphabetically or by disease entity, the authors structure it in a very helpful, clinical approach to leg ulcers. They focus on three major areas: (1) the skin away from the ulcer area; (2) the skin around the ulcer; and (3) the ulcer bed. Each of these sections is further subdivided to assist the clinician to make a more accurate diagnosis. For example, subsections relating to atrophy, color changes, dermatitis, edema, and induration provide information for treating the skin around the ulcer, and thes

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