The practice of dermatology is based upon a visual approach to clinical disease, with the development of an appreciation of recurrent patterns and images. The entire spectrum of our discipline, from the generation of clinicopathologic differential diagnoses to the orientation of rotational flaps, relies upon imagery. As a result, visualization also plays a critical role in how we integrate new information into pre-existing frameworks that serve as the hard drives of our medical memory. In the textbook Dermatology there is a strong emphasis on visual learning. This commitment is reflected in the use of schematic diagrams to convey the principles of skin biology as well as cutaneous surgery, and the inclusion of algorithms, which provide a logical as well as practical approach to commonly encountered clinical problems. The majority of the basic science is integrated throughout the book and appears as introductory chapters to the various sections. All illustrations and graphics are in color and photomicrographs demonstrating key histologic findings are found interspersed within the clinical chapters. These chapters also contain tables that attempt to provide weighted differential diagnoses and a ‘ladder’ approach to therapeutic interventions. Lastly, color-coding of sections allows easy and rapid access to required information. The ultimate goal of Dermatology is for it to never make its way to the bookshelf because it is being used on a weekly, or perhaps even daily, basis. Hopefully, this book will function as a colleague, albeit a non-verbal one, who is easily approachable and possesses the necessary expertise to provide succinct, up-todate information that is both precise and practical. Realizing this goal required the time and energy of our contributors who have unselfishly shared their knowledge and experience with literally thousands of patients from around the world, and we thank them.
About the author
Dr. Jean Bolognia is the senior editor of the textbook Dermatology, which is now in its fourth edition, and Dermatology Essentials. Jean has served as President of the Medical Dermatology Society, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the American Dermatological Association, in addition to serving as Vice-President of the Society of Investigative Dermatology, the American Board of Dermatology, and the International Society of Dermatology. She has also been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology and the International League of Dermatological Societies. In the latter organization, she currently serves as Secretary-General.
VOLUMES, SECTIONS AND COLOR CODING Dermatology is divided into two volumes. The book is divided into 22 sections, which are color-coded as follows for reference: VOLUME ONE – Overview of basic science – Pruritus – Papulosquamous and eczematous dermatoses – Urticarias, erythemas and purpuras – Vesiculobullous diseases – Adnexal diseases – Rheumatologic diseases – Metabolic and systemic diseases – Genodermatoses – Pigmentary diseases – Hair, nails and mucous membranes – Infections, infestations and bites VOLUME TWO – Disorders due to physical agents – Disorders of Langerhans cells and macrophages – Atrophies and disorders of dermal connective tissue – Disorders of subcutaneous fat – Vascular disorders – Neoplasms of the skin – Medical therapy – Physical treatment modalities – Surgery SECTION 22 – Cosmetic surgery
I teach graduate school dermatology and was very disappointed in this book–in fact, I just returned it. Problems? #1) does not talk enough about epidemiology; #2) does not include enough common AKAs; and #3) it needs editing badly! For example, it will list a heading of, for example, treatment and then go off talking about pathophysiology or another subject completely unrelated to treatment – that completely drove me crazy. For a book that costs over $300 US, I would expect all of the aforementioned problems to be non-existent.
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