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Dermatology Essentials, 2nd Edition

By: Jean L. Bolognia, Julie V. Schaffer, Karynne O. Duncan, and Christine J. Ko

ISBN: 9780323624534

Pub Date: November 29, 2021

Reviewed By: Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice)


If you are familiar with the two-volume reference titled Dermatology, 4th Edition, Bolognia et al. (Elsevier, 2018), envision this reference as the condensed version in paperback. The first edition was published in 2014. This book is meant to serve as an all-inclusive, mini dermatologic encyclopedia that provides treatment algorithms, discusses nuances in clinical diagnoses, and is rich in clinical images. The e-version provides more color-detailed photographs. 


The purpose of this book is to serve as the “go to” reference for those who need to establish a working differential diagnosis and treatment plan and order appropriate laboratory studies. The photographs are helpful, but the online images offer better detail and clarity. 


The audience is general healthcare professionals such as family medicine clinicians, emergency physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, medical students, and pediatricians. 


This book is designed to teach clinicians how to think like a dermatologist. Readers are guided through the process of how to recognize skin lesion patterns and generate an accurate differential diagnosis. Tables are included demonstrating how to narrow the diagnosis down to the correct choices. The captions accompanying clinical photos share observational clues. 


This is a valuable resource for dermatologists and non-dermatologists. The book refers readers to the main Dermatology reference by the same authors should they need to read about a particular topic in greater depth. This book is dense and concise. There are no wasted words. 

©Doody’s Review Service, 2022, Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice)

Doody’s Score: 92 – 4 Stars! 

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