Where to Look for More Information about a Skin Disease
John C. Hall MD
“Doctor, I saw a patient yesterday who was diagnosed as having epidermolysis bullosa. I understand this is quite a rare condition. Where can I find the latest information on this subject?” This is the type of question frequently asked of a teaching dermatologist. A computer gives you references, and some databases provide information about a dermatosis. But, assuming these are not readily available, there are other sources.
First, the inquiring physician or student should check out the Dictionary-Index of this book. Even for rare conditions, there is at least a definition of the disease. The Suggested Readings at the end of each chapter can also point one in the right direction for books or papers on a given subject.
Second, there are several comprehensive general texts on dermatology that include rare diseases. The following are suggested.
Arndt KA, LeBoit DE, Robinson JK, et al. Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1995.
Bolognia JL, Jorizzo LJ, Rapini, RP. Dermatology. 2nd ed. Elsevier. e-Edition available.
Burgdorf WHC, Plewig G, Wolff H, et al. Braun-Falco’s Dermatology. New York, NY: Springer; 2008.
Champion RH, Burton JL, Burns DA, et al. Rook/Wilkinson/Ebling Textbook of Dermatology. Vol 4. 6th ed. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell; 1998.
Demis DJ, Dahl M, Smith EB, et al. Clinical Dermatology. Vol 4. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott (revised annually).
Diseases of the Skin: A Color Atlas and Text. 2nd ed. Mosby; 2005.
Edwards L. Genital Dermatology Atlas. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2004.
Goodheart HP. Goodheart’s Photoguide to Common Skin Disorders: Diagnosis and Management, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2009.
Jablonski, NG. Skin: A Natural History. University of California Press; 2006.
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