This monograph-like book provides an excellent overview of diseases of the nail. It is filled with high-quality, glossy color photographs, accompanied by text that is detailed enough to provide for a clear understanding of the subject matter. At the same time, the text is concise enough to allow for an easy grasp of the material. Early chapters in the book include a brief review of nail anatomy and a discussion of the approach to a patient with nail disease. This is followed by an excellent and thorough review of nail signs and their definitions. The discussion of nail dystrophies and chromonychias is split into 2 chapters. Additional chapters cover infectious nail disorders, nail manifestations of cutaneous and systemic diseases, and nail tumors. Nail changes associated with genodermatoses and pediatric and aging populations are also reviewed. The chapter on basic nail surgical procedures including principles and techniques will be much appreciated by those who fear to tread in this area. The information on nail cosmetics is well done and gives good insight into everyday clinical problems. Compared with Colour Atlas of the Nail in Clinical Diagnosis by Beaven, this text may contain somewhat fewer clinical images but the quality of the clinical photographs and the organization of the book with text adjacent to the appropriate image allows for easy, enjoyable reading. If one requires detailed information concerning nail embryology, anatomy, and advanced nail surgical techniques or more complete discussions of nail disease, then Baran and Dawber's Diseases of the Nails and Their Management; Nails: Therapy, Diagnosis, Surgery by Scher and Daniel; or The Nail in Health and Disease by Zaias may be more appropriate choices. An Atlas of Diseases of the Nail is a welcome addition to the Encyclopedia of Visual Medicine Series and will be invaluable as an easily accessible reference source of information about nail diseases. It will be much appreciated by those entering the field of dermatology, as well as medical personnel in general. Utility Index: Useful Production Quality: Excellent Primary Readership: Clinical dermatologists, physicians (nondermatologists), allied health professionals, dermatologists-in-training, dermatologic surgeons Value for Money: Good buy Article Submissions The Archives of Dermatology reviews books, journals, CD-ROMs, Web-based products, and other information sources of interest to dermatologists. We welcome the submission of review copies, which should be sent to the Book and New Media Reviews Section, Archives of Dermatology, Loyola University Chicago, Division of Dermatology, 2160 S First Ave, Bldg 112, Room 341, Maywood, IL 60153. Questions regarding the review process may be directed to the section editor at email@example.com.
Archives of Dermatology – American Medical Association
Published: Mar 1, 2004