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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: October 2011

Field Guide to Clinical Dermatology (2nd Edition)
Editor: David H. Frankel, MD
2006 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
ISBN: 9780781756273

Retail Price: $51.50
Available from: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Shanze (Sam) Wang, MD, PhD
Division of Allergy/Immunology
Department of Internal Medicine
National Jewish Health/University of Colorado Denver
1400 Jackson Street, K624
Denver, CO 80206

This book, as indicated by part of its title "Field Guide", is a very concise guidebook to basic dermatology. It is wonderful, visually inviting, and easily readable.

The purpose of this book is to provide primary-care practitioners a working manual that covers most of the common dermatological disorders.

The book is pocketsize, and it is targeted to primary-care practitioners. However, it is also very helpful to medical students, residents, internists, and allergists/immunologists.

This field guide contains 80 chapters, each of which deals with one specific disorder concisely. Each chapter covers symptoms and signs, differential diagnoses, how to make the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. As the author noted in the preface, it is deliberately long on direct, clinical content and short on pathogenesis and etiology. This does help a lot to busy practitioners.

The most useful feature of this handbook is the excellent color illustrations for every disease. The author used simple terminology and clear organization, which is easy to read and follow even by physicians who do not often encounter dermatologic problems in their practice.

This is a very valuable pocketbook to primary-care practitioners and any other medical professionals, including allergists/immunologists, who are interested in or puzzled by a variety of rashes, blisters, bumps, and spots during their daily practice.