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“There’s been a tremendous amount of progress in pediatric dermatology just over the last five years, and we’ve incorporated all of it.” – Dr. Amy Paller

What’s New in the Field of Pediatric Dermatology

Some of the hot topics that we cover in Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology are new management for infantile hemangiomas with propranolol— a serendipitous discovery that was made just a few years ago and revolutionized care for that very common vascular tumor in babies. We’ve also come a long way in treating eczema— one of the most common disorders in infants and also in older children and adults.  We’re still largely using corticosteroids for eczema, but now we’re incorporating that with dilute bleach baths as part of our standard care for kids with moderate to severe cases. It has not only dramatically decreased the incidence of infections, but it has also stabilized the skin disease for so many kids. Another area that’s growing is genetics.  During the last decade there has been an explosion of information about what underlies the many genetic skin disorders that manifest in children. We now understand the vast majority of these genetic disorders in children, and we’re starting to be able to take that information and turn it into new therapeutic approaches. 

What’s New in This Edition of Clinical Pediatric Dermatology

We’re really proud of this volume of Clinical Pediatric Dermatology because it’s so comprehensive. It can be used by pediatricians, dermatologists, and family practitioners. It offers a very comprehensive view of pediatric dermatology that includes practical guidelines for diagnosis and management. There’s been a tremendous amount of progress in pediatric dermatology just over the last five years, and we’ve incorporated all of it into this edition.

The book has become the gold standard for pediatricians interested in pediatric dermatology in the United States and around the world. We hear from our colleagues in pediatric dermatology in other countries that they favor our text because it’s so easy to use in the office setting. It’s an ideal reference for primary care doctors as well as dermatologists because it has over a thousand pictures of both common and unusual pediatric skin disorders. 

Carrying On the Hurwitz Legacy

When I was first starting out in pediatric dermatology, my favorite book was Sidney Hurwitz’s Clinical Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Hurwitz was one of the founders of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology in the mid-1970’s, and he became a mentor to me. It was my pleasure and my thrill to be asked to take over that leadership and write the first edition after Dr. Hurwitz. I’m so excited that we’ve just completed the fourth edition of Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology. 


Amy S. Paller, MD serves as the Walter J. Hamlin Professor and Chair of Dermatology and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a recognized researcher, author, and editor in the field of dermatology, with more than 350 publications to her name. She is an author of Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology: A Textbook of Skin Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence, 4th Edition.

Dr. Paller is the Director of the Skin Disease Research Center at Northwestern, a Director of the American Board of Dermatology, and the President-Elect of the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She also has been the President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Dr. Paller holds many editorial appointments on renowned publications, is Assistant Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other health journals. She serves on scientific advisory boards for the National Eczema Association, the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, and the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association. She also has served on the board for the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Dr. Paller has been recipient of the Women’s Dermatological Society Mentor of the Year award, the Gold Triangle award from the American Academy of Dermatology, and Women Leaders of the Society for Investigative Dermatology award.