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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 207
Pigmentary disorders

From the Department of Dermatology, Oxford University, Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Date of Web Publication21-Feb-2014

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Terence J Ryan
From the Department of Dermatology, Oxford University, Oxford, England
United Kingdom
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Publisher Name: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.

Location: New Delhi


Year of Publication: 2014

Editors: Koushik Lahiri, Manas Chatterjee, Rashmi Sarkar

Pages: 442

ISBN: 978-93-5090-658-3

This is an excellent book, very well written by more than 80 authors, and almost lyrical at times. Its content is very well and generously illustrated with little of the dark that characterizes figures of colored skin in many pieces of text. The histopathology is also generous and very good quality, "Bejewelled" indeed as stated in the preface.

Pigmentary disorders is a topic that is fast developing and the focus of many new publications. This is well illustrated by the 10 chapters, out of a total of 53, devoted to Melasma. These are a great advance and make this once trivial topic rich in new information that demonstrates its complexity - and give insight into pigmentation in general.

Vitiligo as expected is well covered but it remains a mystery and the many approaches to therapy have not advanced the topic all that much since previous major texts were written. However, it is a useful summary of approaches to management.

The chapters on periocular pigmentation and on macular amyloid, lichenplanus pigmentosus, and maturational hyperpigmentation are helpful. Throughout the textbook, I treasure the rich bibliography which these topics have collected and are here collated.

Following Borovansky's and Riley's informative book - on Melanins and Melanosomes (Wiley 2011) - I find this book's three introductory chapters a little sparse, but melanin - and melanocyte behavior - can make heavy reading and this book is essentially a clinical study and long enough.

Because of my familiarity with albinism in Tanzania I am surprised how little is written about it in this textbook. It is an important omission.

The world needs to read what India is thinking about one of its most disabling failures of the skin. Mostly it is Indian systems of medicine that are first called upon. The reader is not getting the complete Indian story if only biomedicine is read. The few paragraphs written by Torello Lotti recognize that there may be benefits from other systems of medicine but calling for "large and double blind studies" is naive. The costs and complexity of such trials in Ayurveda have not been thought through. But if the biomedical approach is all you want to know, then read this book. It is very good indeed.


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