Indian Journal of Dermatology
: 2017  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 674-

Trichoscopy: A text and atlas

Abhishek De 
 Department of Dermatology, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Abhishek De
Department of Dermatology, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal

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Editor: Subrata Malakar

Publisher: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd

Location: New Delhi, India

Edition: First, 2017

Printed at: Ajanta Offset and Packaging Ltd., FBD., Haryana

Pages: 382

Price: Rs. 2830/-

ISBN: 978-93-86150-74-5


This, multiauthored, fairly large-sized book is one comprehensive compendium of trichoscopy and is aimed to be a guide for those who are new to the subject. It will also be helpful for others who already have a descent exposure to trichoscopy. Trichoscopy is a relatively newer science, and the word “Trichoscopy” was first coined by Rudnicka et al.

, not more than a decade ago.[1] Since then, a volume of work had been published on trichoscopy in different hair and scalp disorders, and some works published from Indian subcontinent also emphasized the need and utility of trichoscopy in darker skin type.[2],[3],[4] However, a textbook of trichoscopy was urgently required to generate interest and expertise among dermatology practitioners in India. In this context, Dr. Subrata Malakar had done a very commendable job of editing this book containing numerous high-resolution photographs with lucid and crisp texts.

The book has 34 chapters in total, with 10 contributing authors. Major volume of the book is written by the editor himself, so a coherent thought process can be seen throughout the book. The book covers different aspects of trichoscopy from basics of trichoscopy to individual disorders and then dealt with some special situations such as pediatric trichoscopy and trichoscopy in hair transplant. Near the end of the book, the authors tried to sum up the findings with the simple algorithmic approach, which is to be appreciated.

However, like most first edition book, this text is also not entirely flawless; some misspells and printing errors could have been avoided with a closer scrutiny. The introduction to the trichoscopic terminologies is a bit haphazard, and if done more systemically, many repetitions could have been avoided in subsequent chapters. Some photographs have dark, round shadows in the corners, which also do not auger well with otherwise an excellent quality of photographs and printing. The chapter on algorithm should have included more established algorithms, which are already published.[5] In successive edition, the editor may think of adding some histopathology photographs and explain trichoscopic clues for possible histopathological findings.

However, despite these minor shortcomings, the book is excellent and will be very useful to all clinicians. It is highly recommended for all individuals and college libraries. The editors and authors deserve our compliments for their efforts. I want to congratulate the editor and coauthors for this fine piece of dermatological book prints and I hope to see many following editions in the next years.


1Rudnicka L, Olszewska M, Rakowska A, Kowalska-Oledzka E, Slowinska M. Trichoscopy: A new method for diagnosing hair loss. J Drugs Dermatol 2008;7:651-4.
2Jain N, Doshi B, Khopkar U. Trichoscopy in alopecias: Diagnosis simplified. Int J Trichology 2013;5:170-8.
3Chiramel MJ, Sharma VK, Khandpur S, Sreenivas V. Relevance of trichoscopy in the differential diagnosis of alopecia: A cross-sectional study from north India. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2016;82:651-8.
4Bhamla SA, Dhurat RS, Saraogi PP. Is trichoscopy a reliable tool to diagnose early female pattern hair loss? Int J Trichology 2013;5:121-5.
5Inui S. Trichoscopy for common hair loss diseases: Algorithmic method for diagnosis. J Dermatol 2011;38:71-5.