Authors: Jean L. Bolognia, MD; Julie V. Schaffer, MD; Karynne O. Duncan, MD; and Christine J. Ko, MD.
: Elsevier Saunders – 1025 pages
Book Review by
: Nano Khilnani

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This book has extensive coverage of many areas of dermatology, yet it has been thoughtfully sized right – as a handbook – to fit into your coat pocket as a medical professional in hospital and clinical settings.

The contents of this book have been carefully organized into 18 sections. Here is an overview for your quick and easy reference in your search for information and guidance when dealing with patients:

  • Section 1: The Basics
  • Section 2: Pruritus
  • Section 3: Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses
  • Section 4: Urticarias, Erythemas and Purpura
  • Section 5: Vesiculobullous Diseases
  • Section 6: Adnexal Diseases
  • Section 7: Rheumatologic Dermatology
  • Section 8: Metabolic and Systemic Diseases
  • Section 9: Genodermatoses
  • Section 10: Pigmentary Disorders
  • Section 11: Hair, Nails, and Mucous Membranes
  • Section 12: Infections, Infestations, and Bites
  • Section 13: Disorders due to Physical Agents
  • Section 14: Disorders of Langerhans Cells and Macrophages
  • Section 15: Atrophies and Disorders of Dermal Connective Tissues
  • Section 16: Disorders of Subcutaneous Fat
  • Section 17: Vascular Disorders
  • Section 18: Neoplasms of the Skin

The book starts out by presenting a tree in chapter 1, Basic Principles of Dermatology, in section 1, The Basics.  This tree gives you the student or practitioner the main classification of dermatologic disorders:

  1. Inflammatory
    1. Non-Infectious
      1. Autoimmune bullous diseases
      2. Autoimmune connective tissue diseases
      3. Urticarias and erythemas
      4. Papulosquamous and eczematous dermatosis
    2. Infectious
      1. Viral
      2. Bacterial
      3. Fungal
      4. Protozoal
  2. Neoplastic
    1. Malignant
    2. Benign
  3. Other
    1. Metabolic and toxic insults / trauma
    2. Genodermatoses and developmental anomalies

Material presented in all the 100 chapters include a lot of visuals (more than 1,500) such as: full-color charts, diagrams, drawings, photos (a large number of them), and tables.

The Appendix contains a lot of additional data and information for quick reference. Most of the information is in Tables, Here is some of that:

  • Determination of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
  • Relationship of SPF to Blockage of Erythermal Radiation
  • Labeling of Sunscreens: Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B
  • Sunscreen Agents – Mechanisms of Action
  • Sunscreen Agents – Absorption of UVB, AVA2, UVA1, Visible
  • Fitzpatrick Scale of Skin Phototypes
  • Potency Ranking of Some Commonly Used Topical Glucocorticosteroids
  • Special Considerations for Corticosteroid and Antihistamine Use During Pregnancy
  • Corticosteroid Classes
  • Cutaneous Melanoma Patient Worksheet
  • SLICC Classification Criteria for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (2012)
  • Instructions for Open Wet Dressings

This book is definitely a highly useful – as a matter of fact, I would say essential – tool for dermatologists. We highly recommend you obtain a copy.

Jean L. Bolognia, MD
is Professor of Dermatology at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.
Julie V. Schaffer, MD is Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York.
Karynne O. Duncan, MD is Clinical Instructor in Dermatology at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut. She also has a private practice in St, Helena, California.
Christine J. Ko, MD
is Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.