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A colour handbook of dermatology
  1. C N A MATHEWS, Consultant Dermatologist
  1. Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, South Wales NP20 2UB, UK

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    A colour handbook of dermatology, RJG Rycroft, SJ Robertson. pp 220, illus. Manson Publishing Ltd, 1999. £29.95, paperback. ISBN 1-874545-25-1****

    This almost pocket-sized soft-cover book is a real treasure. The 480 colour photographs are of excellent quality throughout. The accompanying text is concise and very helpful. It deals with topics under a limited number of headings, ie, definition and clinical features, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, investigations, and special points; no attempt is made to cover treatment.

    In the introduction the various terms used in the description of skin lesions are not only explained in words, but are clearly illustrated with diagrams.

    With such a well produced informative book it seems almost churlish to point out that on p 10 a vesicle is defined as being ‘a blister less than 5 mm in diameter’, whereas on p 22 pompholyx is defined as having vesicles up to 10 mm in diameter. Also, on p 112 there is an unusual spelling of ‘Gardner’s syndrome'.

    This books is bound to appeal to a wide range of people, including medical students, dermatologists, general physicians and general practitioners.

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