Book Review: November 2005
Health Press Limited
This short (106 pages) book comes from the “Fast Facts” series. It consists of seven chapters which are Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Clinical features and diagnosis, Management, Prognosis, Prevention and Future trends. It is a quick and easy read.
It is a short synopsis focusing mainly on basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It is well illustrated although the pictures are small. The text is current , concise and relevant. Highlighted tables emphasise important learning points. Each chapter concludes with key references.
I disagree with some statements and terminology but the text does point out areas of controversy. For example, some may disagree with the statement in the management of basal cell cancer “The general opinion is that observation is sensible for the patient with a non-aggressive subtype of BCC that is incompletely excised on a lateral margin.” Perhaps too broad a statement? Anyway, medicine does come down to opinion at times!I like this book, it would be an excellent buy for medical students and family practitioners.