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doi: 10.1097/01.SHK.0000286295.71456.95
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Author: Jerome Z. Litt, MD

Bibliographic Data: informa Healthcare/Taylor & Francis, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-415-45885-6, NLM: WR 39, 657 pages, hard cover, $289.95.

Reviewer's Expert Opinion

Description: It should be illegal for any dermatologist to not own the 14th edition of this book. The only legitimate reason to not have this book in your possession is that you are dead. This is an amazing resource that covers all known dermatologic reactions to every prescription drug, herbal, and nutritional supplement. The author even includes reactions to eucalyptus and mistletoe! The skin eruptions associated with each medication are grouped according to the specific skin disease such as erythema multiforme or, say, alopecia. References for each skin problem are extensively listed. Reactions with only one case report are also included. The appendix lists skin eruptions and the associated drugs that have been known to cause a particular eruption. Even though the 13th edition was published last year, you must get the latest edition as it now covers all the skin eruptions associated with the new biologic agents. Purpose: The purpose is to provide dermatologists with the best comprehensive reference for evaluating whether the rash for which they have been consulted is due to the multitude of drugs that the patient is taking. The author brilliantly achieves this goal as he consistently has done in all the other 13 editions. Audience: The audience is dermatologists. Features: Although the amount of material seems impossible to organize and present, Dr. Litt succeeds in doing it. The drugs are listed alphabetically. The type of drug is listed and its indication and half-life, followed by the reaction patterns. If you do not know the chemical name for the drug, he has thoughtfully provided a cross index at the beginning of the book with the trade names so you can find the chemical name under which the drug is listed. This book makes our PDR fairly useless as far as finding potential skin eruptions associated with a medication. Assessment: If I could take only one dermatology book with me to an island, this is the one I would choose. C'est le meilleur, as my French friends would say. It is absolutely superb and worth every dollar!

Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)

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