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Rook's Textbook of Dermatology: 4 Volume Set, 7th Edition

Tony Burns (Editor), Stephen Breathnach (Editor), Neil Cox (Editor), Christopher Griffiths (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4104-8
4568 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell


The late Arthur Rook established the Textbook of Dermatology as the most comprehensive work of reference available to the dermatologist and it enjoys instant name recognition. Each subsequent edition has been expanded as the subject has developed and the book remains the ultimate source of clinical information for the trainee and practising dermatologist alike.

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology covers all aspects of skin disease from basic science through pathology and epidemiology to clinical practice. Long recognized for its unparalleled coverage of diagnosis, this clinical classic earned its reputation as a definitive source of information.

New features of this Seventh Edition include:

  • Two new Editors, Neil Cox and Christopher Griffiths, join the team
  • Every chapter is updated and several are completely rewritten from scratch
  • Completely new chapter on AIDS and the Skin
  • Traditional emphasis on diagnosis preserved
  • More coverage of treatment in each of the disease-specific chapters
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction and Historical Bibliography.

2 Comparative Dermatology.

3 Anatomy and Organization of Human Skin.

4 Functions of the Skin.

5 Diagnosis of Skin Disease.

6 Epidemiology of Skin Disease.

7 Histopathology of the Skin: General Principles.

8 Molecular Biology.

9 Inflammation.

10 Clinical Immunology, Allergy and Photoimmunology.

11 Wound Healing.

12 Genetics and Genodermatoses.

13 Prenatal Diagnosis of Genetic Skin Disease.

14 The Neonate.

15 Naevi and Other Developmental Defects.

16 Pruritus.

17 Eczema, Lichenification, Prurigo and Erythroderma.

18 Atopic Dermatitis.

19 Contact Dermatitis: Irritant.

20 Contact Dermatitis: Allergic.

21 Occupational Dermatoses.

22 Mechanical and Thermal Injury.

23 Reactions to Cold.

24 Cutaneous Photobiology.

25 Virus Infections.

26 AIDS and the Skin.

27 Bacterial Infections.

28 Mycobacterial Infections.

29 Leprosy.

30 The Treponematoses.

31 Mycology.

32 Parasitic Worms and Protozoa.

33 Diseases Caused by Arthropods and Other Noxious Animals.

34 Disorders of Keratinization.

35 Psoriasis.

36 Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer and Other Epidermal Skin Tumours.

37 Tumours of the Skin Appendages.

38 Disorders of the Cutaneous Melanocyte.

39 Disorders of Skin Colour.

40 Genetic Blistering Diseases.

41 Immunobullous Diseases.

42 Lichen Planus and Lichenoid Disorders.

43 Disorders of the Sebaceous Glands.

44 Rosacea, Perioral Dermatitis and Similar Dermatoses, Flushing and Flushing Syndromes.

45 Disorders of Sweat Glands.

46 Disorders of Connective Tissue.

47 Urticaria and Mastocytosis.

48 Purpura and microvascular occlusion.

49 Vasculitis and Neutrophilic Vascular Reactions.

50 Diseases of the Veins and Arteries: Leg Ulcers.

51 Disorders of Lymphatic Vessels.

52 Histocytoses.

53 Soft-Tissue Tumours and Tumour-like Conditions.

54 Cutaneous Lymphomas and Lymphocytic Infiltrates.

55 Subcutaneous Fat.

56 The ‘Connective Tissue Diseases’.

57 Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders.

58 Sarcoidosis.

59 Systemic Disease and the Skin.

60 The Skin and the Nervous System.

61 Psychocutaneous Disorders.

62 Disorders of Nails.

63 Disorders of Hair.

64 The Skin and the Eyes.

65 The External Ear.

66 The Oral Cavity and Lips.

67 The Breast.

68 The Genital, Perianal and Umbilical Regions.

69 Racial Influences on Skin Disease.

70 The Ages of Man and their Dermatoses.

71 General Aspects of Treatment.

72 Systemic Therapy.

73 Drug Reactions.

74 Erythema Multiforme, Stevens–Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

75 Topical Therapy.

76 Radiotherapy and Reactions to Ionizing Radiation.

77 Physical and Laser Therapies.

78 Dermatological Surgery

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Author Information

Dr D.A. Burns, Emeritus Consultant Dermatologist, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK

Dr S.M. Breathnach, Consultant Dermatologist, St John's Institute of Dermatology, London, UK

Dr N.H. Cox, Consultant Dermatologist, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, UK

Professor C.E.M. Griffiths, Consultant Dermatologist, The Dermatology Centre, Hope Hospital, Salford, Manchester, UK

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The Wiley Advantage

The most comprehensive reference in dermatology

  • Two new Editors, Neil Cox and Christopher Griffiths, join the team

  • Every chapter is updated and several are completely rewritten from scratch

  • Completely new chapter on AIDS and the Skin

  • Traditional emphasis on diagnosis preserved

  • More coverage of treatment in each of the disease-specific chapters
See More


On the Seventh Edition:

"...a useful addition to the library of any dermatologist. Its greatest value is the inclusion of the entire range of dermatologic...justifies replacing the previous edition."
Doody's Review Service

"...it is a superlative reference and will answer questions that no other text can."
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

"Rook's Textbook of Dermatology is a 'must have' for those in training or practising dermatology and should be close at hand in the clinic."
British Journal of Dermatology

"It is simply the best and most comprehensive dermatological textbook available."
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

On Previous Editions:

"...one of the towering academic and clinical achievements of twentieth century dermatology...no self-respecting dermatologist should even think of practising our specialty without a copy of this book close at hand...a delight to hold, a delight to browse, and a delight to read...As usual, Blackwell's designers have done a beautiful job."
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

"...continues the tradition of excellence for which the previous editions were justly acclaimed...it is difficult to imagine practising dermatology without ready access to this book and harder to imagine why one would try."

"Essential. Indispensable. The fifth edition of "Rook," just out, is unarguably the best textbook of dermatology in the world."
British Medical Journal

"An outstanding 6th edition of a tried and tested textbook in our field!"
Aktuelle Dermatologie

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