I first read the Manual of Skin Diseases as an intern in an attempt to teach myself the fundamentals of dermatology before I entered my formal residency. I remember, then reading the third edition, that Dr Sauer had a unique gift for explaining the bewildering concepts of skin disease in a wonderfully clear and concise manner. Even a physician with no prior knowledge of dermatology could feel instantly comfortable with this textbook.
Many years later, reading the fifth edition of this classic, I am pleased to see that the new and improved version is an even better introduction to the fundamentals of dermatology. This is not meant to be a comprehensive textbook but rather an "intermediate type book in the field," as Dr Sauer intended.
One of the unique teaching tools in this text is the use of silhouettes showing the anatomic distribution of the most common diseases of the