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Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine (2 Volume Set) (Vol 1 & 2) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0071380768 ISBN-10: 0071380760 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2872 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 6 edition (May 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071380760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071380768
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has been said that dermatology is the most inclusive specialty because it deals not only with the skin but also with everything that the skin contains and touches. There's some truth to that. For instance, where else can you find the editors of a medical textbook, as in Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, waxing proudly in the preface about including fresh material on anthrax, smallpox, and Botox? In other words, the field considers its domain to range from the war on terrorism to our narcissistic culture. Happily, the Botox chapter does not include tips on how to throw a "Botox party."

There is also a new chapter on "Evidence-Based Dermatology." I must admit that when I first heard of the evidence-based approach, I wasn't much impressed with its novelty, seeming to remember at least one old-timer who made a comment about experiment being treacherous and judgment difficult (Hippocrates). But the author does a good job of defending the system, and in an honest self-referential bit of criticism of textbooks, he points out that most tend to "reflect the biases and shortcomings of the experts who write them," are about 2 years out of date by publication, and are "narrative reviews that do not consider the quality of the evidence reported." Evidence itself, of course, is as indisputably wholesome as apple pie—it's how you interpret the evidence that matters.

This edition remains heavily invested in basic science, which is becoming daily more of a misnomer as skin biology reveals an ever increasing complexity. The first part, almost 15%, is given over to anatomy, physiology, immunology, molecular biology, and so forth, and there's much more interspersed throughout the clinical chapters. These chapters have shown the most profound changes over time, with progressive improvement at each turn. Whereas the first edition relegated color clinical photographs to a relatively thin "atlas" section, this edition features them on seemingly every page. Color abounds, and the quality of the illustrations is excellent. Indeed, the difference between the first and latest edition is so great that you'd never guess at the lineage if you did not look at the titles.

With all the new material, I was astonished to discover that something unheard of had apparently occurred in medical publishing: the sixth edition is shorter than the fifth! And not by just a little: hundreds of pages have evaporated. I compared typefaces, considered a gross error in the pagination, had a colleague check my eyesight, and finally contacted the senior editor, who gave me the lowdown: they did it on purpose.

Having decided that the book had grown "too long, too heavy, too redundant," a 2-year effort was launched in which 10% was cut by "rigid editing, eliminating as much duplication as possible, cutting long, long lists of references." Another improvement was making both volumes roughly equal in size (the considerable inequality of which had always annoyed me) and using a thinner but ample stock paper. The overall weight has been reduced from 22 lb to a more portable 17 lb.

All in all, this sixth edition of Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine is the premier textbook of dermatology, a bargain if there ever was one, and a blessing for those of us with derangements in our rotator cuffs.

Michael B. Brodin, MD
Monroe, NY (Journal of American Medical Association 2004-01-21)

"The book is well formatted and easy to read. It summarizes all the crucial recent studies that have a major impact in our approach to treatment of hypertension in diabetes mellitus." "4 stars" (Doody's 2003-10-03)

From the Back Cover

The ultimate electronic reference for the investigation of skin disease and those systemic diseases with cutaneous manifestations. Edition after edition, Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General medicine surpasses its own remarkably high standards. Now, all 3,000 pages and 2,200 illustrations of this acclaimed two-volume encyclopedia of skin disease are accessible right on your computer screen with the Fitz CD-ROM. Based on the fifth edition of the text, this indispensable CD-ROM leaves nothing out. Everything that has made Fitz a masterwork among dermatalogic references--all the expert coverage that solidifies your understanding of skin disorders and their treatment--is here, drawn from the contributions of over 300 world-renowned authorities. You'll also find: lightning-fast search capabilities; the ability to zoom illustrations for ever greater clarify; unparalleled coverage of the biologic basis of skin disease; insights on diagnosis and management from leading clinicians and researchers; and much more! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Leslie Baumann MD
As a bonus, the entire text is littered with "e" symbols indicating additional e-only text, which makes for quite annoying reading and is just plain ugly.
Feelah
This version leaves me looking for a better textbook or continuing to use the more authoritative sixth edition.
Annette B. Wysocki

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Feelah on February 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had been looking forward to the new edition of Fitzpatrick after the announcements of new, updated format, improved web-content, etc. What a disappointment! Only part of the text is actually in the book, additional content only to be found on the web-version, which is both cumbersome to use (PDF version of the book rather than html with hyperlinks) and appears to deliver only part of what was promised (i.e. there is no way to copy the figures and paste into powerpoint). As a bonus, the entire text is littered with "e" symbols indicating additional e-only text, which makes for quite annoying reading and is just plain ugly.

The general unattractiveness of the layout is compounded by the 3-column design, which means that practically every word longer than 10 letters (i.e. most of derm nomenclature) is hyphenated at least once (often twice). Not the way forward for residents and practicioners alike, methinks. Figure quality is definitely below the Bolognia standard and after reviewing several chapters it is obvious that a lot of the material is duplicated throughout both volumes (amazingly, the same picture that looks fine in volume I will be off-color in volume II and vice versa, which is quite annoying in a field like dermatology, which relies heavily on visual clues).

If this is the future of textbooks, then I hope I will be able to get on without using any. In the meantime, I shall return my copy of Fitz and go with the new edition of Bolognia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annette B. Wysocki on April 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the criticism of the "new" seventh edition. In reading the posted material the compliments are specifically for the sixth edition. The standards set by the previous versions of Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine have not been sustained. The wealth of authoritative information and references have been removed from the printed version making it exceedingly difficult for library patrons to access the material. Missing from this version are the wonderful wealth of photographs, electron micrographs and other authoritative source material. This version leaves me looking for a better textbook or continuing to use the more authoritative sixth edition.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Bishop on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Very unhappy with purchase
1. originally publisher just sent volume 1 (not through amazon)
2. documentation online and even the back cover of the book claims it includes e-edition with 'ability to annotate text' and use pictures for presentations. THIS IS NOT TRUE! It does include a download for one copy of the text to adobe digital edition... but you CAN NOT annotate the text or copy the pictures. I contacted the publisher and they say this is only the case if you purchase the additional online yearly subscription (this is CLEARLY NOT as advertised).
3. You CAN NOT use the e-edition on a handheld of any kind- as is CLEARLY pictured on the website. I contacted the publisher several weeks ago and all they said is that it was an error and they will remove it from their website... it is still there.

If you ask me they tried too hard to get this book out on time and the result is an edition that has sloppy errors even on the back hard cover of the text. When it comes to content..it seems OK. Not clearly any better than previous editions. Just in color. Many chapter are just so, so in quality. Very, very annoying that citations are online.... I have a feeling as more people purchase this book there will be more people unhappy with it and their 'e-edition' and just return it and go with Bolognia.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By :) on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yes, the book is lengthy, as any good medical book. If you really want to learn derm and understand the diseases, stick to traditional books like this...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dushmanta Talukdar on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I BOUGHT THE 7TH EDITION AND VERY UNHAPPY RIGHT NOW AS IT IS NOT SO USER FRIENDLY.I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FROM INDIA AND HAD A TOUGH TIME GETTING THE E-EDITION DOWNLOADED.IT IS DIFFICULT TO GO THROUGH THE BOOK AND COMPUTER AT THE SAME TIME.THE BOOK LOOKS SLIM AND HANDY BUT PROBABLY THE 6TH EDITION WAS BETTER.THE ETIOPATHOGENESIS IN CERTAIN TOPIC GOES TOO DEEP UNNECESSARILY.
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