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Handbook of Diseases of the Hair and Scalp

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1026
  1. Michael Binder, associate professor of dermatology
  1. University of Vienna Medical School, Vienna, Austria

    Rodney D Sinclair, Cedric C Banfield, P R Dawber

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    Blackwell Science, £29.50, pp 224

    ISBN: 0 86542 928 6

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    Diseases of the hair and scalp represent common dermatological conditions that are often neglected in daily clinical practice. Even in comprehensive textbooks of dermatology, little space is dedicated to this spectrum of conditions. This handbook has been written as a companion to its parent text, Diseases of the Hair and Scalp, edited by one of the authors, Rodney Dawber. The aim of the handbook is to provide a practical guide for clinicians to confirm diagnoses and to access concise information about this specific group of disorders.

    The text is conveniently organised into sections based on patients' leading symptoms. Subsections focus on pathological processes. A reader-friendly sequence describes the definition of each condition; its epidemiology and pathogenesis, clinical features, and pathology; practical hints for further investigation; and finally the treatment. Wherever possible, concise management plans are given.

    Many high quality images, a must for any dermatological textbook, enhance the information given by the text. Where necessary, tables help to summarise complex concepts. An appropriately broad range of diseases of the hair and scalp is covered, from the viewpoints of both symptoms and specific diseases.

    The Handbook of Diseases of the Hair and Scalp manages to combine common sense with excellent images and succinct, up to date information. It is aimed as an adjunct to standard dermatology textbooks to support dermatologists, dermatopathologists, endocrinologists, and paediatricians. It should provide practitioners with the skills and confidence to manage these ignored diseases.

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