What books do you read about dermatology

••• Standard textbooks

Dermatology - Allergology - Venereology

Interested students can choose from four very detailed textbooks: the tried and tested dual series from MOLL, the well-illustrated RASSNER, the student version of the large FRITSCH and the inexpensive Rote Faden from HENGGE / RUZICKA. This conveys the bare essentials on the fly Short textbook dermatology. For lateral entry into a topic is the Pocket Atlas of Dermatology a good choice.

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Review of the 5th edition:

Often times, when it comes to dermatology, you don't have to dwell on the medical history. Most of the time you can recognize the disease at first glance, this is roughly how you often hear it from the mouth of the lecturer in the derma course. So far so good. The only problem is that at the beginning there is something wrong with describing even after the 100th glance, let alone recognizing it.

So a proper derma book should convey two things:

1.) provide a quick overview for the beginner in order to be able to classify the various clinical pictures.

2.) explain the important symptoms using illustrations! (Almost nowhere is visual learning as important as here).


Lo and behold, the dual series does both just fine. The new, completely revised edition comes in the new layout for the 3rd millennium (delicate pink and light blue headings). The concept of the "dual series" should by now be well known to everyone and does not need to be explained further here. What is nice about this book is the really rich illustrations and the excellent index at the end (where the most important terms are explained directly in blue boxes). The proven learning scheme: "Working through old exams and reading up unknowns" works great.


Logically, most of the book is taken up by the descriptions of the symptoms. Before that there is a general part with e.g. the basics of the theory of efflorescence and the immunological reactions of the skin. It's a shame, in my opinion, this part should have been a bit more detailed, as they are the basics of the "dermatological language" for many Spanish villages. Otherwise a really good book that can only be recommended! | Review courtesy of the human medicine student council of the LMU Munich, width list health

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Review of the 6th edition:

The book is very clearly structured and written fluently, so that it can be read relatively quickly. In terms of material, it is absolutely sufficient for the POL course. The many photographs are very good, without which it is difficult to imagine the many efflorescens and skin manifestations in dermatology.


What was missing in my opinion, however, was a short chapter that summarizes the efflorescenses and the skin symptoms and contrasts and differentiates them. An attempt is made to do this - there is a chapter on the efflorescens in the introduction and a chapter on the individual eczemas - but the descriptions are spread out individually over the whole book, so that one has to leaf through constantly. So I had to do this myself in painstaking detail from the book with the help of the Pschyrembels.


I found it good that the origin of the word from Greek or Latin usage was explained for many names, which leads to a better understanding of the individual phenomena and helps to distinguish them from one another, e.g. the difference between exanthem, enanthem, erythema and Erysipelas, to name just a few of the many phenomena.


What I also missed something were histological images. Since diagnostics in dermatology is often based on biopsies, I found this a bit of a shame. However, the histologies are always described.


All in all, I can only recommend this book, even if it may not be sufficient for future dermatologists. | Review courtesy of the review group of the medical student council, TU Dresden


Dermatology and Venereology for the Study

Review of the 1st edition:

With this 630-page book, Prof. Fritsch (emeritus professor at the University of Innsbruck) is the first to present a slimmed-down version of his large, 1100-page work (see below) that is suitable for students. Nevertheless, it is the most extensive textbook among the relevant student textbooks.


The colored chapter division, the numerous and good illustrations make the book varied for the eye. In general, the images are one of the book's greatest "treasures"; almost every clinical picture has a corresponding image. The structure, on the other hand, is only "almost good": the overview suffers a little from the lack of emphasis on the individual clinical pictures; this is mainly due to the fact that the headings of the individual paragraphs (definition, Epidemiology, etiology etc.) in the same font size / form and even a bit more concise in blue than the heading with the disease name. In terms of content, the book is absolutely recommendable, written quite fluently and reliably. Didactically, as an inexperienced student, at some point you would like an overview of the following topic and a classification of the material into relevant / less relevant to the exam (IMPP) or very important (a non-dermatologist must know) and less important (a non-dermatologist can - dermatologist know); In view of the very detailed and comprehensive representation, one sometimes does not see the forest for the trees; those present in the book Digression- Boxes and mnemonics are not sufficient as a structuring element here. Similarly, summaries with a take home message are missing at the end of the chapters. The extensive glossary at the end of the book, which helps to understand the specific dermatological terminology, can be positively emphasized. Another plus are the 15 case stories in the middle of the book, which in the form of a case quiz offer a small cross-section through the broad field of dermatology.


All in all, a recommendable textbook with a relatively high demand for depth of detail, which may particularly please students interested in dermatology.


>> Sample pages: Phlebology, Lymphedema [pdf]


Red thread - dermatology and venereology

The HENGGE / RUZICKA shines with its clear structure and an additional picture CD. In terms of price, the complete package of book and CD-ROM is very attractive at 29 EUR.

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Short textbook dermatology

A compact textbook with concise but sufficient content by Prof. Sterry, the director of the Clinic for Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology at the Charité. Overall, concise emphasis on important content and a number of images appropriate to the visual subject dermatology distinguish it.

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>> Review by Eva Wartner at the Technical University of Munich


RÖCKEN et al.
Pocket Atlas of Dermatology

1st edition 2010

420 pages, 190 plates

ISBN: 9783131425218

Thieme publishing house

59.95 EUR


This pocket atlas is printed on special paper, which enables detailed, brilliant images. It presents both molecular biological relationships and all clinical pictures relevant for students / PJ-lers comprehensively - and of course in pictures. It is astonishing how deeply the material is dealt with despite the small book format. In terms of content, the atlas is highly recommended, as vouched for by the top-class authors: Prof. Röcken, Prof. Schaller (both Dermatology Clinic Tübingen), as well as Dr. Sattler and Prof. Burgdorf (both LMU dermatology clinic). The atlas is at least as suitable for looking up certain facts as it is for smoothly working through the entire subject area. All in all, a recommendable compact work as a sole derma book or as a supplement to a script / short textbook.

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Braun-Falco's Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology

6th edition 2012

1600 pages, ~ 1000 illustrations

ISBN 9783642241628

229 EUR (Pre-order price until September 30, 2012: 199.95 EUR)


Review of the 4th German edition:

This book does not yet have the circulation of Harry Potter, but there will probably be few medical books that have been translated into so many different languages ​​and rightly so. Also, there will probably not be a specialist in dermatology who has not read this book at least once and has several copies!


Anyone who invokes this book in their examination and is also right will certainly have no problems convincing the examiner of the correctness of their statements, a "Yes, yes, that's just there, but is not right" is what Braun has to offer -Falco not, because what's in here is the law! Unfortunately, the examiners usually know this book better than you do ;-) [...]


But if you then pushed the almost 200 euros over the dealer's desk and dragged the 3 kg home, a whole new world opens up to the interested reader. In the excellent text, which is always provided with very good pictures, you can also find a lot of news and information, including about diseases that you thought you knew a lot about (just the historical background to the individual diseases are worth their money).

And this is how this book must be understood: as one of the most extensive collections of dermatological knowledge that is currently available to buy! | Review courtesy of the human medicine student council of the LMU Munich, width list health

>> 5th German edition (previous edition) at google books


Dermatology Venereology

2nd edition 2004

1101 pages, 900 illustrations

ISBN 9783540003328

Springer Verlag

79.95 EUR

>> Sample pages: Psoriasis vulgaris [pdf]

>> Book preview on google books (without most of the images)


The large FRITSCH covers the entire spectrum of dermatology and venereology on over 1000 pages. The 'little' FRITSCH mentioned above is recommended for students: Dermatology and Venereology for the Study.


SALOGA et al.
Allergology Handbook

2nd edition 2011

654 pages, 216 illustrations, 189 tables

With handouts for download

ISBN: 9783794527298

Schattauer Verlag

149 EUR


Review of the 2nd edition:

After the first edition of the “Allergology Handbook” in 2006, the 2nd edition of this comprehensive work has now been published, which comprehensively covers all areas of allergology in an interdisciplinary context. There is a clear structure in 39 chapters with the collaboration of more than 50 authors. in the Part A The book discusses immunological and pathophysiological fundamentals that are useful to the clinician, but may be a little too extensive in detail. As in the other chapters of the book, important key messages are highlighted in gray and are therefore immediately recognizable for the reader. In addition, important terms are printed in bold and facilitate orientation within text passages as well as memorizing the corresponding terms and definitions. It is gratifying that, due to the German-language anaphylaxis register that has been in place for a number of years, the first data on the epidemiology of anaphylaxis are now included in the “Epidemiology of allergic diseases” chapter.


part B of the book is dedicated to allergological diagnostics, taking into account the increasing importance and knowledge of the characterization of allergen components. The overview of important type I allergens and allergen components is supplemented by corresponding tabular lists. The list of the most important contact allergens with details of the test concentrations and test vehicles is also helpful for orientation for the reader.


in the Part C. The book presents various allergological clinical pictures from the fields of dermatology, ear, nose and throat medicine, pneumology and pediatrics in a clear manner and according to the current state of knowledge.


Part D. provides information on allergological therapy principles taking into account current or revised guidelines such as bronchial asthma and chronic urticaria. The current therapy recommendations for the therapy of chronic urticaria are presented as a tabular algorithm and should be very helpful for the clinician. The revision of the chapter on drug reactions, including possible type I allergic reactions to modern therapeutic agents (e.g. omalizumab, cetuximab), was successful. The chapter on allergen avoidance is much more extensive than the previous edition, as it shows the increasing importance of allergy prevention and allergen avoidance. A new chapter on “Nutritional therapy for food allergies and other food intolerances” has also been included in the textbook.

The listing of various contact addresses of professional societies and self-help groups has been dispensed with in this edition. Helpful handouts for doctors and patients are available for download on the Internet, in which contact addresses can also be found.


Conclusion: A successful, comprehensive work on the complex and interdisciplinary topic of allergology with special consideration of immunological principles. An excellent book for the allergological doctor, but also helpful in preparation for acquiring the additional qualification in allergology. Finding relevant allergological information is in principle also possible for general practitioners or internists who are not predominantly allergological. For this readership, however, less extensive specialist books should be sufficient. For the student, the book is certainly too special to impart basic allergological knowledge, but it is also suitable for deepening the basic immunological knowledge imparted during the course. | Review by Dr.med. Burkhard Kreft, University Clinic and Polyclinic for Dermatology and Venereology, University of Halle / Saale


>> Sample pages: Immediate allergy [pdf]

>> Sample pages: Allergens [pdf]

>> Sample pages: Allergic contact eczema [pdf]

>> Sample pages: IgE-mediated conjunctivitis [pdf]


Practical allergology

2nd edition 2010

448 pages, 272 illustrations

ISBN: 9783131068125

Thieme publishing house

129.95 EUR

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>> Review in Deutsches Ärzteblatt (Volume 108, Issue 28–29, July 18, 2011): "[...] all in all a current, well and concisely written overview on the interdisciplinary topic of allergology, taking into account new epidemiological, immunological and molecular-allergological findings."



Inguinal skin - structure

Image source


>> dermatlas.org

Dermatology Image Atlas from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

with approx. 10,000 pictures!


>> derma2000.de

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Regensburg provides one here Online course Dermatology available free of charge to all interested parties. In 9 course hours you get to know the most common and most important dermatological diseases based on interesting cases.


>> Melanoma diagnostics

Instructional video from the project series Students produce for students


>> guidelines skin tumors and Guidelines in short form

Evidence-based guidelines of the German Cancer Society Frankfurt:

• Melanoma guideline

• Squamous cell carcinoma guideline

• Guideline lymphomas

• Basalioma guideline

• Merkel cell carcinoma guideline

• Guideline Kaposi sarcoma

• Guideline Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans


>> Malignant melanoma

Manual of the Munich Tumor Center, a download as PDF is possible


>> Pediatric dermatology

Google Books preview in the book of the same name from Schattauer-Verlag


>> dermis.net

Comprehensive dermatology information service on the Internet


>> skinema.com:-)

An entertaining look at the only seemingly flawless skin of the Hollywood greats. Skin as a dramatic element in the film!

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