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Lecture Notes: Dermatology, 10th Edition



Lecture Notes: Dermatology, 10th Edition

Robin Graham-Brown, Tony Burns

ISBN: 978-1-118-29357-7 November 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages

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Lecture Notes: Dermatology provides all the necessary information, within one short volume, to achieve a thorough understanding of skin structure and function, and the practical aspects of disease management.

Presented in a user-friendly format, combining readability with high quality illustrations, this tenth edition has been revised to reflect recent advances in knowledge of skin diseases and developments in therapy, and features a brand new chapter on Dermatological Emergencies.

Key features include:

  • Numerous figures and tables help distil the information you need for revision purposes
  • MCQs and 15 new clinical case studies for self assessment
  • Glossary of dermatological terms

Whether you need to develop or refresh your knowledge of dermatology, Lecture Notes: Dermatology presents 'need to know' information for all those involved in treating skin disorders.

Contributor, vi

Preface, vii

Acknowledgements, viii

1 Structure and function of the skin, hair and nails, 1

2 Approach to the diagnosis of dermatological disease, 10

3 Bacterial and viral infections, 19

4 Fungal infections, 30

5 Ectoparasite infections, 40

6 Acne, acneiform eruptions and rosacea, 51

7 Eczema, 60

8 Psoriasis, 69

9 Benign and malignant skin tumours, 79

10 Naevi, 95

11 Inherited disorders, 102

12 Pigmentary disorders, 110

13 Disorders of the hair and nails, 115

14 Bullous disorders, 123

15 Miscellaneous erythematous and papulosquamous disorders, and light-induced skin diseases, 130

16 Vascular disorders, 142

17 Connective tissue diseases, 149

18 Pruritus, 157

19 Systemic disease and the skin, 162

20 Skin and the psyche, 170

21 Cutaneous drug reactions, 175

22 Treatment of skin disease, 181

23 Emergency dermatology, 188

Case study questions, 191

Multiple choice questions, 202

Answers to case study questions, 204

Answers to multiple choice questions, 206

Glossary of dermatological terms, 207

Index, 212

I am a big fan of the Lecture Notes series, having used many of the titles throughout medical school. This update to the Dermatology volume is much improved and easier to read. Its physically bigger than I remember, with well-spaced, clear, colourful pictures. The clinical photographs are very good. There are numerous histology photos/diagrams – these aren’t often done very well in student texts and are very important in understanding the subject (similar to radiographs in surgery). The summary boxes are clear and easy to spot, and provide all the salient points likely to be asked in clinic or on ward round.
Special mention to:
-The glossary of dermatological terms, extremely useful.
-The case studies and MCQs, which cover the range of topics in the book
-Nearly every major dermatological condition has a paragraph section, including the rarer inherited conditions.
Compared to its competitors (eg Gawkrodger), this book has the better balance of pretty pictures, and useful academic prose. Is a good substitute for clinical experience, in those medical schools where Dermatology practice is limited. (Junior Doctor)

Among the myriad of basic dermatology textbooks available for those seeking an introduction into the world of dermatology, Lecture Notes has always held its place as a popular choice. This success is largely down to the authors’ accomplishment in covering a wide range of topics in a concise and digestible format. At a glance, the 10th edition seems to have done enough to maintain its place as one of the students’ favourites.

The traditional white facade has been replaced by a new sleek black cover in this 10th update. There are a total of 23 clearly laid out chapters with well-structured content and a helpful glossary and self-assessment questions towards the back. New to this edition is a useful additional chapter on dermatological emergencies, aiming to better equip newly qualified doctors encountering such daunting challenges. The absence of images and concepts of management of skin failure in this chapter is a notable omission.

The opening chapter begins with the basic biology of skin, hair and nails, without too much complex pathophysiology and then moves swiftly on to the approach to diagnosing dermatological diseases. Subsequent chapters cover the core dermatological disorders; eczema, psoriasis and skin tumours are explained in a concise, logical way without going into unnecessary levels of detail. The diagrams that accompany each chapter are extremely clear and help the reader to understand the underlying pathogenesis.

Each chapter has a clear narrative and is generally well complemented with high-quality illustrations, which are essential in a specialty where ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. However, certain sections, such as eczema management, would benefit from further visual aids, highlighted boxes and clearer treatment plans. Compared with other introductory dermatology texts, one might find this publication somewhat ‘wordier’.

Overall, this is a very well written introductory dermatology text with excellent clinical photographs and diagrams. We would highly recommend this for those wishing to grasp the basic concepts in dermatology. (Minh Lam & Rabi Nambi, Dermatology Department, Royal Derby Hospital)