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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: January 2013

Illustrated Manual of Pediatric Dermatology, Diagnosis and Management
By Susan Bayliss Mallory, Alanna Bree, Peggy Chern
2005 CRC Press
ISBN: 978-1-85070-753-0 (hardback)
ISBN: 978-0-203-48821-8 (eBook)

List price: $269.95, hardback
Available from: Taylor & Francis

Pavel V. Kolkhir, MD, PhD
Specialist in Allergology, Dermatology and Immunology
Dermatology Department of I.M. Sechenov First Moscow Medical University
Moscow, Russia

According to the annotation, this is an atlas of pediatric and adolescent skin diseases and disorders. It includes a combination of more than 400 color photographs and a practical, concise text serves as a rapid-reference guide to diagnosis of a broad range of pediatric skin diseases. The text was written by well-known and respected experts in pediatric dermatology from the United States of America.

The intention of the book is to help primary care physicians, pediatricians and other specialists in diagnosis and treatment of both rare and common pediatric skin diseases, including different allergic, infectious, vascular and other conditions of skin, hair and nails.

According to the authors' statement, the book is a synopsis of basic pediatric dermatology aimed at common problems seen in medical offices with some added information on unique pediatric dermatological conditions. After studying the book, I completely share this view. It book contains high-quality photographs, which allow pediatric specialists to visually recognize skin diseases, combined with practical, informative and useful blocks of text.

This is a compact color atlas of pediatric dermatology, which is useful not only for pediatricians and dermatologists, but also for family physicians, allergists/immunologists, medical students and other clinicians as well.

The book consists of 21 chapters. Each chapter is divided into sections ("major points", "pathogenesis", "diagnosis", "differential diagnosis", "treatment", "prognosis" and "references") and Index, so that one can easily find information of interest. An important feature is that the book starts with basic diagnostic guidelines in the first chapter and concludes with main recommendations for the treatment of pediatric skin diseases in the last chapter.

The second chapter is entirely devoted to neonatal dermatology, diagnostics and treatment of skin diseases in early childhood. Infectious (viral, fungal, bacterial), vascular, oncological skin diseases as well as allergic skin reactions, photodermatoses, genodermatoses, physical injury and abuse lesions are discussed in the following chapters. Special attention is given to hair and nail diseases.

I really like that the information is presented concisely and clearly and that it includes extensive recommendations on appropriate diagnostic and treatment options. I am very pleased to recommend this atlas as visual, up-to-date and useful guide to all specialists (dermatologists, pediatricians, family doctors and other physicians) interested in pediatric dermatology