Neonatal dermatology, 2nd ed Lawrence F. Eichenfield, Ilona J. Frieden, and Nancy B. Esterly, editors, 2008, Philadelphia, Saunders.576 pages. $197.00. ISBN: 978-1-416-03432-2. It has been more than three decades since Nancy Esterly introduced neonatal dermatology as a subspecialty in its own right. Now, with the explosion in our knowledge of the genetics and basic science of skin, this field warrants a comprehensive textbook. The first edition of Neonatal Dermatology was an allinclusive masterpiece, but the second edition exceeds its predecessor. Who could be more qualified to serve as editors of this wonderful text than the past and current editors of the journal Pediatric Dermatology? Drs Eichenfield, Frieden, and Esterly have created a truly superb textbook that should be on the shelf of every clinician who cares for children and their skin. One of the great aspects of this multiauthored text is that the list of contributors reads like a who’s who of pediatric dermatology, matching specialists in the research and practical care of infant skin with their individual fields of expertise. For instance, Cynthia Loomis authors the chapter on the basic science of fetal skin development, Bari Cunningham and Annette Wagner wrote the chapter on procedural dermatology, Odile Enjolras and Maria Garzon wrote on hemangiomas and vascular anomalies, Anna Bruckner on epidermolysis bullosa, and so forth. The writing is clear, concise, authoritative, and practical.
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The new edition adds 212 new high quality photographs and illustrations. Many of the black and white photographs from the previous edition have been changed to color and most all of the figures are now horizontally displayed on the page. The addition of the new photographs is particularly valuable in that they illustrate entities that most of us would have a hard time imagining in our mind’s eye: the leukemoid reaction of Down syndrome, hematophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, rhabdomyosarcoma, ectopic cilia, and the descriptive term corymbiform. There are also new, elegant illustrations for the location of congenital cysts, sinuses, and clefts and ‘‘hot spots’’ for neural tube dysraphisms. In addition to updating the text, new sections have been added, such as chapters on epidermolysis bullosa and diaper dermatitis, and there is a huge expansion on hereditary diseases. There is an extensive expansion in the disorders of cornification and a wealth of new information on the pathogenesis of hemangiomas and new vascular syndromes, such as the ateriovenous malformation/capillary malformation syndrome. And, thankfully for those of us getting on in age, the index is not only thorough, but also in much larger print than it was in the previous edition. Congratulations are in order to the editors and authors of this beautifully written and illustrated textbook. Howard Pride, MD Danville, Pennsylvania doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2009.09.027
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