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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 166
Dermatology jewels: An approach to diagnosis

Department of Dermatology, IPGMER, Kolkata, India

Date of Web Publication20-Apr-2012

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S R Sengupta
Department of Dermatology, IPGMER, Kolkata
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.94301

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Sengupta S R. Dermatology jewels: An approach to diagnosis. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 May 13];57:166. Available from:

Authors: Nilendu Sarma and Robert A Schwartz

Publisher: Macmillan Medical Communications

(A Division of Macmillan Publishers India Limited)

An exclusive partner of Nature Publishing Group

3A, 4 th Floor, DLF Corporate Park DLF Phase III Gurgaon-122002, India.

Year: 2011

Price: 1275

Learning dermatology from a trivial or florid cutaneous changes is the basic thought process that worked in this book "Dermatology jewels: an approach to the diagnosis" written by Nilendu Sarma and R A Schwartz. Unlike other books which spends more of its time on theoretical discussions, it has shown its purpose and the way one can reach diagnosis simply by picking up some important cutaneous signs and symptoms. This is just like learning ABC followed by learning words and subsequently constructing simple and compound sentences. This kind of approach guides us in right direction, gives clarity to our thoughts and vision, thwarts dogma and confusion, enrich our knowledge and ultimately helps us to reach a concrete diagnosis.

This book is divided into 18 chapters and has covered 433 pages. Each chapter is divided into three distinct parts namely, clinical presentation of representative cases, concise and brief discussions on the diseases and ultimately the way to reach the diagnosis based on morphology or presentation. The book contains number of clinical photographs giving it an  Atlas More Details like look. Simple and lucid language along with good quality colored pictures has done justice to the readers which include the beginners, general practitioner, nursing students, colleagues of other fraternity as well as any dermatologist who really wants to learn the subject from its root.

The book is printed in glossy paper with number of meaningful boxes and tables printed in different color to draw and focus attention on the important clinical issues. The authors have done a stupendous job with incorporation of adequate references and expressed their own style of approach and explanation on the subject as and when required.

Barring some omission, probably with an idea to restrict the volume of the book, this book is going to be a treasure and an asset for dermatology community, any library or for personal possession. For a unified and unequivocal version of the subject, the terminology could have followed Lexicon Project's approach. Few additions and alterations on the contents and photographs will bring weight and quality of this book which is expected in next edition.

Last, but not the least of all, Dr. Sarma must be lauded for his strenuous, sincere and honest effort to maintain the quality of content and standard of this book. This great work from such a young scientist is highly appreciated and one can expect much more from him in future.


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