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Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine

Cory A. Dunnick, MD, Reviewer; Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD, Reviewer
JAMA. 2008;299(10):1195-1196. doi:10.1001/jama.299.10.1195-b.
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Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine is the classic dermatology textbook1,2—so the question of whether a skin care professional needs to own it is moot. The real question is whether to buy the new seventh edition or scrape by with the 6th edition for a few more years.

Opening the new edition, we noted its dedication to Dr Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, who served as the editor-in-chief of the first 4 editions, and Dr Irwin M. Freedberg, who served as the editor-in-chief of the fifth and sixth editions; both have died since the release of the sixth edition in 2003.3,4 In their introduction, the editors highlight the dramatic extent of change in this edition (p xxxiii): “More than 50% of the text and figures of our 257 chapters are new to this edition, as are 50% of the authors.” This recalled for us the days when our medical school professors promised that half of what they taught us would be true (if only they knew which half); luckily, the field of dermatology hasn't changed 50% since 2003, and we dare say that despite the hype, the true content of the sixth and seventh editions hasn't either.


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