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Illustrated Synopsis Of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Illustrated Synopsis Of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
   Author(s): Neena Khanna
                                    Publisher: Elsevier India, Year: 2011                                           

It is a simplified, brief description of common dermatoses, peppered with numerous clinical and histopathology images (about 750), body and line diagrams (about 100) and tables (about 100). The basic aim of the book is to familiarize medical students (and general practitioners) with manifestations of the common skin conditions they are likely to encounter in their day-to-day practice and to help them to manage these appropriately, without succumbing to the morbid temptation of prescribing steroids,  which are often thought to be ‘panacea of all skin ills’.

• Revised and updated, while retaining the main features of the book.
• More images: since Dermatology is a visual speciality, some text has been pruned to accommodate about 100 new pictures.
• Appendix on structure and function of the skin.
• New treatment modalities including ‘biologicals’ have been included in the chapter “Treatment of Skin Diseases”.
• Recent WHO/CDC/NACO guidelines have been incorporated in the chapter “Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV Infection.
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Book Review:
Dermatology is a rapidly emerging medical science and this book is a welcome addition to the literature on dermatology. The book has 25 chapters of bulleted text and descriptive pictures of the disease representing all aspects of dermatological conditions, since the skin is a visual speciality. It is a handy, neatly printed book with a modest, affordable price. The book's arrangement is both comprehensive and inclusive, beginning with the fundamentals, i.e., skin structure and functions, and going on to dietary deficiencies, bacterial infections, multiple allergic and autoimmune disorders, etc. 

There is a chapter dedicated to pneumonia, leprosy and viral infections alongside chapters that address sebaceous and sweat glands, skin, etc. pathogens in a compartmental manner. Pigmentation disorders have also been discussed, which as a handy reference due to its extensive illustrations may be of particular use to practicing dermatologists. Skin tumors and sexually transmitted infections are also explored in depth, chapter 24 also includes a particular emphasis on the clinical context of HIV including multiple skin lesions. The last chapter, 'Miscellaneous Diseases' is of special interest as it outlines the aetiology and clinical symptoms of certain specific conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, etc., as well as certain less mentioned conditions such as pytiriasis, burns, and keloids. 

Overall, the book targets undergraduates, primary doctors, and even will be useful for students preparing for competitive exams. Had added 'suggested more research' or relevant sources making it a more genuine text. The bulk of the clinical photographs used are self-explanatory to the health problems in question. Clarity of certain conditional photos should have made the book more appreciable. Surely, understanding and preparing for better management of cases of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases should be a useful companion for undergraduate medical students and practitioners alike.

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