Textbook of Dermatologic Surgery

Textbook of Dermatologic Surgery

Mayo Clio Proc, July 1998,Vol 73 history of the disease and treatment options beyond that needed for the usual spectrum of lymphomas encountered by c...

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Mayo Clio Proc, July 1998,Vol 73

history of the disease and treatment options beyond that needed for the usual spectrum of lymphomas encountered by clinicians and involves more background and options than presented in this text. A separate chapter on posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorders, a complex group of immunosuppression-related disorders that involve different initial management strategies, would have been helpful, and some of the diagnostic and therapeutic interventions could have been more adequately referenced. Recommended Readership: This book should be included in medical libraries as a resource on the clinical and biologic aspects of lymphoproliferative disorders for individuals of many disciplines and levels of training-from practicing hematologists and oncologists involved in the management and treatment of these disorders to those who only occasionally encounter patients with lymphoma, regardless of their background and training (students, residents, and fellows), to researchers and practitioners, including those in family practice, general internal medicine, general surgery, and surgical specialties. Overall Grading:

*****

Thomas M. Habermann, M.D., Division ofHematology and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota

Textbook of Dermatologic Surgery, edited by John L. Ratz, 647 pp, with illus, $185, Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven Publishers (telephone: 800-777-2295), 1998, ISBN 0-39751495-6

Type ofBook: A comprehensive multiauthored text on dermatologic surgery. Scope of Book: Fifty-five contributing authors and 4 associate editors address a wide range of dermatologic surgical procedures. Contents: This new addition to the growing literature on dermatologic surgery purports to be a "how-to" textbook. The text consists of 34 chapters that are organized into 4 sections: Perioperative Considerations, Scalpel Surgery, Laser Surgery, and Special Procedures. The book is well illustrated, with numerous black-and-white photographs and 15 color plates. A synopsis of major topics at the beginning of each chapter provides a quick review of its focus. Each chapter concludes with a reading list that serves as a bibliography. Comprehensive chapters address uncommon procedures in dermatologic surgery, such as face-lifts and blepharoplasties. Strengths: The strengths of this text reflect the rapid evolution in dermatologic surgery. Formidable chapters address conscious sedation, face-lift, blepharoplasty, hair replacement, and phlebology. Other highlights include information on the preoperative consultation, practical forms for patient instructions, and extensive illustrations with "how-to" explanations. Deficiencies: With few exceptions, the chapters are too cursory. Specific details are lacking, as is a uniformity in style, and certain topics are repeated. Although purported to be a "how-to" text, many chapters leave the reader with a lingering "How do you do it?"

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Recommended Readership: Experienced dermatologic surgeons may find this book helpful, but it is inadequate for novices. It would be a fair addition to libraries. Overall Grading:

**

Tri H. Nguyen, M.D., Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota

Textbook of Women's Health, edited by Lila A. Wallis, 1,044 pp, with illus, $99.50, Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven Publishers (telephone: 800-777-2295), 1998, ISBN 0-31691991-8

Type of Book: A multiauthored comprehensive textbook of women's health written and edited by leaders in women's health research and policy. Scope of Book: This book addresses all aspects of women's health care from adolescence through old age. Contents: This single-volume text consists of 125 chapters divided into 8 sections that review historical aspects of women's health-care delivery, issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity, health maintenance and disease prevention, general medical health, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and disorders, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and research trends. Emphasis is placed on gender differences and on life phases, which are denoted by icons in the table of contents. The book also includes three appendixes: a health record designed to be completed and periodically updated by the patient for personal use, a physical examination form, and a form letter for reporting test results to patients. Strengths: This book is a unique reference source for primarycare physicians, a comprehensive text for students and house staff, and a valuable resource for the development of core curricula in women's health. Its in-depth discussion of legal, political, and historical aspects of women's health care provides muchneeded perspective. The discussion of gender differences in each topic and use of the life phases model distinguish this from other medical texts. The writing is concise and clear, and the recommended readings are well chosen. The chapter on painless pelvic examination will prove invaluable to medical and nursing students and to house staff in any training program. Deficiencies: The editor seems to have struggled with the organization of this large text and the weighing of individual topics. For example, two chapters are devoted to elective abortion, whereas the entire spectrum of urinary incontinence is described in fewer than five pages. Some chapters may be too brief for residents, fellows, or primary-care physicians. Occasionally, the chapter titles are misleading , such as "Mammography," which in fact covers all breast imaging and biopsy techniques. The chapters on allergies and asthma and on gastrointestinal, renal, and respiratory disorders are inexplicably included under the subsection Cardiovascular Health. The editor's concept of life phases, although laudable, is not well served by the visually confusing icons assigned to each chapter.

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