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July 1996

Diagnostic Picture Tests in Clinical Dermatology

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Brookline, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(7):851. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890310143036

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This coat-pocket-sized book is designed as a self-test assessment and review for nondermatologists at varying levels of training. The book consists of 200 color pictures, most of which are accompanied by brief case descriptions and two to three questions. These questions place particular emphasis on the ability to describe the lesions and generate a differential diagnosis. Because the book is aimed at general practitioners, most cases deal with common dermatologie conditions. The pictures are organized with-out regard to cause or distribution of the lesions, just as one might encounter such cases in clinical practice.

The main strengths of this book are its size and limited scope. The book is easy to carry around, and its rapid-fire case approach and lack of formal organization make it convenient to open and read for brief periods. The cases successfully illustrate a fair number of common lesions, including several cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease and normal (benign) variants. Certain common dermatoses appear several times. Eponymous names are given when appropriate, and, for variety, a few uncommon entities and pictures are also included. More than a dozen cases consider diseases that lead to changes predominantly in the nail.

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