Edited by Ayse Serap Karadag, Lawrence Charles Parish and Jordan V. Wang
Published April 2022
This book has an impressive history and I can personally recall previous editions edited by Professor Ronald Marks see https://www.amazon.co.uk/ROXBURGHS-COMMON-DISEASES-Ronald-Marks/dp/041241130X The first edition appeared in 1932 and produced by Dr Archibald Cathcart Roxborough who also has an impressive history see https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/inspiring-physicians/archibald-cathcart-roxburgh
The book now reflects the modern world and clearly has moved with the times. Two editors are from the USA and one is from Turkey with contributors from both sides of the Atlantic. So, this is a truly global textbook which is just over 400 pages. Within these 400 pages, there is a superb coverage of general dermatology which will be most helpful to medical students, junior doctors and GPs and other healthcare professionals will find this book informative and educational.
It is well written in a good uniform and readable manner which is a tribute to all the editors and contributors who come from multiple different countries. Although it is not a in-depth, all-encompassing reference source (it is only 400 pages) it manages to pack a lot in and for many people, it could be a one stop dermatology resource for most of their queries. Though for more detail or rare conditions, a larger reference resource would be needed. In saying that, the text is packed tightly together and in fact there is a lot of information here, so much that I could not catch it out that often when looking up common and relatively common conditions. Or when I did use it as reference book, it was not common if there was insufficient information. I was surprised on how well answered, the queries that I threw at it and it was easy to locate the information using the index.
Being a dermatology book, it is critical that there are plenty of good quality images and this book does well on that score. The images are in colour and they are clear and of high quality and helpfully amplify the text. All good dermatology books thrive on having plenty of good and relevant images and this book is no exception.
There is no online access bundled with the cost of this book which is a pity as nowadays as this is common. Also, this book is not cheap but it is high quality and it packs in a lot of information which makes it a good candidate for a good general all purpose dermatology book. It has recently been published and has an impressive list of contributors and does deserve to do well.
Dr Harry Brown
30th June 2022