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Dermatopathology: Diagnosis by First Impression Paperback – June 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1405177344 ISBN-10: 1405177349 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405177349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405177344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In essence, this is an atlas with photographs of many of the most important features which help in the diagnosis of dermatopathologic conditions.” (Doody's, February 2009)


"Christine Ko's book is SUPERB. I LOVE using it while I'm studying... it has been great for boards prep"
Kavita Mariwalla MD, Resident, Yale Department of Dermatology

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Stanton on July 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the world of medicine, dermatology is an incredibly small part. In the world of dermatology, dermatopathology is not a small part, but rather an essential one. No one in the general public would likely pick up a book such as this and give it a read. But for dermatologists, pathologists, and dermatopathologists, this book is superb. "Dermatopathology: Diagnosis by First Impression" is a well thought out manual that takes an esoteric field and makes it meaningful from the beginning. Altho it is an atlas of dermpath, the concise, descriptive text is presented so that a relatively inexperienced reader, eg, a resident, or an experienced practioner can read it and get an excellent overview of dermatopathology, based on...first impression. The approach is innovative and particularly useful for the novice since it is often color, pattern, cell type, etc, which is first noticed. The one criticism I would mention, however, is that the printer or publisher did not do a great job replicating the normal color of a hematoxlyin-eosin stained slide in the photomicrographs. The resolution could be improved on some of the photomics, but for the most part does not impact the overall diagnostic details. It would have been enormously helpful to have had this atlas/ text to have used as a guide when I first began in dermatology, and later when studying for my Dermatopathology boards. Overall I would rate this book 5 stars, but would subtract one star, based on the publisher's less than stellar job with photomicrograph colors.
Larry Stanton, Diplomate American Board of Dermatology, and Diplomate American Board of Dermatopathology
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Mariwalla on June 27, 2008
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I am currently studying for the Dermatology Boards and I found this book to be incredibly helpful. It's a great way to flip through images and test yourself - especially at the end of the day when you are tired and can't read text. Very high yield images and the picture groupings enable you to truly see the differences in diseases that often appear very similar under the microscope. I highly recommend this book so you can get into the rhythm of making a diagnosis at low power within a minute.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron Braithwaite on July 23, 2008
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Ko and Barr's "Dermatopathology, Diagnosis by First Impression" is a fresh and practical approach to oftentimes complex and difficult diagnostic problems inherent in certain cutaneous diseases. Dermatopatholgy, in my opinion, frequently has an emphasis oftentimes unlike those of general surgical pathology. Skin, because of its accessible location and because of the plethora of diagnostic possibilities, offers special diagnostic challenges. Definitive diagnosis of the numerous skin disorders involves the recognition of especially subtle microscopic changes. Perhaps if internal organs were as accessible and visible as is the skin, they would also be subject to clinical descriptions of a myriad of diagnoses. Because they aren't, however, diagnosis revolves around recognition of basic and oftentimes obvious changes.

Ko and Barr have attempted to break the problem down into recognizable changes that the non-specialist pathologist should be able to grasp. The color plates are good but not perfect. The publication process has been hard on the haematoxylin blues and purples. Nevertheless, largely because of the authors' presentation, this isn't overly important. This isn't a cytology text--patterns rather than submicroscopic detail are emphasized.

It works. I wish I'd had a similar text when I was studying pathology. I have little doubt that the use of this book will increase the accuracy of many cutaneous diagnoses.

Ron Braithwaite, M.D.
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