The Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology is proposed
as a “field guide” to the recognition of skin
disorders and their management. The skin is a treasury of important
lesions that can usually be recognized clinically. Gross morphology
in the form of skin lesions remains the hard core of dermatologic
diagnosis, and therefore this text is accompanied by 900 color photographs illustrating
skin diseases, skin manifestations of internal diseases, infections,
tumors, and incidental skin findings in otherwise-well individuals.
We have endeavored to include information relevant to gender dermatology
and a large number of images showing skin disease in different ethnic populations.
This Atlas covers the entire field of clinical dermatology but does
not include very rare syndromes or conditions. With respect to these
the reader is referred to another McGraw-Hill Publication: Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in
General Medicine, 7th ed., 2008, edited by Klaus
Wolff, Lowell A. Goldsmith, Stephen I. Katz,
Barbara A. Gilchrest, Amy S. Paller, and David J. Leffell.
This text is intended for all physicians and other health care
providers, including medical students, dermatology residents, internists,
oncologists, and infectious disease specialists dealing with diseases
with skin manifestations. For non-dermatologists, it is advisable
to start with “Approach to Dermatologic Diagnosis” and “Outline
of Dermatologic Diagnosis,” below, to familiarize themselves
with the principles of dermatologic nomenclature and lines of thought.
The Atlas is organized in 4 Parts, subdivided into 36 Sections,
and there are 4 short Appendices. Each section has a color label
that is reflected by the bar on the top of each page. This is to
help the reader to find his or her bearings rapidly when leafing
through the book. Also, the first page of each section carries an “icon,” i.e.,
a small photograph of a condition that is representative for that particular
Each disease is labeled with little symbols to provide first-glance
information on incidence (squares) and morbidity (circles).
rare low morbidity
not so common considerable morbidity
There are two distinct clinical situations regarding the nature
of skin changes:
- I. The skin changes are incidental findings in well individuals
noted during the routine general physical examination
- • “Bumps and blemishes”: many asymptomatic
lesions that are medically inconsequential may be present in well
persons and are not the reason for the visit to the physician; every
general physician should be able to recognize these lesions to differentiate