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Dermatology Made Easy

dermatology made easy new releaseDermNet's book about common skin conditions

Dermatology Made Easy is based on the most popular topics from DermNet NZ's vast array of material. The book combines the essential focus of the ‘Made Easy’ book series with the authority and knowledge base of DermNet NZ's unparalleled resources.  

The result is a book that helps the reader diagnose, test and treat conditions quickly and accurately. It is a concise overview of the common dermatological conditions most likely to present in general medicine.

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What people are saying

"Dermatology Made Easy is a perfect solution to the constant struggle that dermatology diagnosis presents to primary care physicians and other providers. It can be described as concise and immensely informative...Dermatology Made Easy provides us with vast amount of information regarding skin disorders. The language is lucid, and the topics are presented in a well-organized manner. The book is appropriately priced. It is a valuable tool for increasing understanding regarding diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders. It will be helpful not only to physicians but also to residents and medical students."

Kanchan Pillai, MD
Family Medicine Journal, May 2019

"Not a day goes by that I do not direct patients to this website for comprehensive and accurate information on their skin disorders. Armed with the 15,000 images from this website, Amanda Oakley is uniquely able to provide images on virtually any skin condition - undoubtedly this has helped her to produce a very impressive and comprehensive textbook of dermatology which includes more than 700 clinical images. The book format is a high quality paperback and an electronic version is also available...This is a beautifully produced and illustrated textbook, which would give any medical student or general practitioner the information, knowledge and ability to treat a wide range of medical dermatology. It would also appeal to the increasing numbers of dermatology nurse practitioners. As an “essential fact” book it would not have sufficient detail for trainees in dermatology."

David Eedy MD, FRCP
Dermatologist, Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust, Northern Ireland
The Ulster Medical Journal, August 2017

"Full of essential facts and information, this text supports the diagnosis, testing and treatment of an array of dermatological conditions... I recommend reading this excellent clinical resource. It would be an asset for medical students and nurse practitioners, as well as being a useful resource for GP surgeries and dermatology departments."

Valerie McGurk 
Practice development nurse, Paediatrics, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
The Nursing Standard, September 2017

"Firstly Congratulations on this book. Clearly this is most logical conclusion to the yeoman work Dr Oakley has done with I got the paper version, and I am truly gobsmacked by the amount of effort that would have gone into putting a book like this together. That she did a remarkable job goes without saying; that she did it while doing a million other things is more or less the Amanda we have all come around to expecting; but the fact that she did this alone is what is so truly mind blowing. I had to use it yesterday and was amazed at the logic that has gone into organising the book. This book is truly a tour-de-force."

Dr. Stanley Thomas Koshy RNZCGP RNZCUC
General Practitioner, Tui Medical, Hamilton, New Zealand

"Dermatology Made Easy is concisely written, thoughtfully structured and, as would be expected from the founder of DermNet NZ, supported by an abundance of high quality photographs. The introduction outlines dermatological conditions by symptom, morphology and body site, providing an excellent index prior to delving into greater detail in the following chapters. The logical approach and level of detail make this text perfect for medical students, interns/residents, primary care physicians and other specialists who wish to quickly identify differential diagnoses or refresh their knowledge of dermatological conditions."

Dr.Lisa Abbott , BA/LLB( Hons), MBBS
Dermatology Research Fellow , The Skin Hospital , NSW, Australia

"Dermatology Made Easy is a ready reckoner for any junior doctor  with an interest in dermatology. The differential diagnosis by symptoms, morphology and body site would be a useful tool for the new entrant into dermatology. I would have liked a smaller format that would be easier to carry , but that need may be obviated by the availability of the e-version."

Dr.Monisha Gupta, MD, FACD. Dermatologist
Senior Staff Specialist , Liverpool Hospital; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW; VMO , The Skin Hospital, NSW, Australia

"Dermatology Made Easy by Dr. Amanda Oakley takes a novel approach to a persisting problem: how to teach dermatology efficiently to the beginner. Oakley leverages her unprecedented photo library to create a unique learner experience where words on a page are buttressed by hundreds of clinical images.  Each section yields a different approach to her mission. First, she introduces the basics. She then takes an approach of grouping diseases by differential diagnoses first by symptom, then by morphology, then by body site. Subsequent chapters revisit these conditions surprisingly thoroughly while maintaining brevity. The book is easy to read and easy to reference. It fulfills the need for a photo-intensive introductory text that leaves the reader with relevant pearls for diagnosing and treating skin disease. The book is broadly applicable and especially useful for dermatology medical students, residents from all specialties, and primary health care providers."

Professor Jacob Levitt M.D., F.A.A.D. 
Dermatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Table of contents

  • Chapter 1: Differential diagnosis
  • Chapter 2: Infections
  • Chapter 3: Inflammatory rashes
  • Chapter 4: Non-inflammatory conditions
  • Chapter 5: Skin lesions
  • Chapter 6: Investigations and treatments

About the author 

Dr Amanda Oakley is founder and chief editor of DermNet New Zealand. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor for the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland. She lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, where she is a Dermatologist for Waikato District Health Board and in private practice at the Tristram Clinic. She diagnoses for MoleMap New Zealand, writes a monthly column for the general practice magazine, New Zealand Doctor, and is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and deliver workshops on dermatological matters. Professor Oakley is actively engaged in clinical research with many publications in peer-reviewed medical journals in print and online. Her main areas of professional interest are vulval diseases, dermatoscopy and the early diagnosis of melanoma, teledermatology, and education of consumers and health professionals.

Dr Oakley has been President of Waikato Postgraduate Medicine, the New Zealand Dermatological Association and the Australian and New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society. She is a Trustee of the Waikato Medical Research Foundation and of DermNet New Zealand and is actively involved with several other medical organisations.

Professor Oakley has received many awards for her efforts, including Honorary Memberships of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and MelNet New Zealand. She received TechSoup's Lifetime Service Award in 2017. In June 2018, she was recognised by the award of Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Her greatest joy is the success of DermNet New Zealand (, from which this book, Dermatology Made Easy, is derived. 

Bibliographical information 

  • ISBN: 9781907904820
  • Audience: Professional
  • Format: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Number Of Pages: 438
  • Published: 10th May 2017
  • Country of Publication: GB
  • Dimensions (mm): 244 x 178
  • Weight (kg): 1.1
  • Edition Number: 1


Recommended retail prices: AUD$68.00/ NZD$67.00 / UK £29.99 / USD$39.99  

Price subject to change; please check pricing with your preferred bookseller.

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