Urgent Care Dermatology written by the world best dermatologic authors with clear cut through images of real cases that seen and treated
Urgent Care Dermatology: Symptom-Based Diagnosis had its genesis on a bass fishing trip on the Arkansas River in 2000. Lamar Kyle, a private practice physician, who had worked in an emergency room and urgent care clinic environment for decades, complained to me, an academic dermatologist, that dermatology textbooks were not organized in a useful fashion. He opined that dermatology books for a primary care provider needed to be organized by physical findings and not grouped by pathogenesis, needed copious photographs, and needed written text to be short and to the point. From this pivotal conversation, this textbook was born.
We caught very few fish, but when I returned home, I started outlining the book and experimenting with formats. For years, the book was something that I worked on early in the morning before the family woke up and on planes when traveling. After 7 years, the book had begun to take shape and was about two-thirds finished when a simultaneous computer disaster on two different computers containing the original and backup versions of the book brought the project to a halt. An older version of the manuscript on a third computer was found, but more than 100 completed pages of the manuscript were absent in this dated version. Disheartened, my interest in returning to work on the manuscript lagged, and the venture lay in limbo. The project was brought back to life by my energetic colleague, Whitney High, who worked with me in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado. He offered to help write portions of the book and bring the book into a publishable state.
The concept of the book was simple. First, the dermatologic diseases needed to be organized by physical findings and not by pathogenesis. Whereas this would on the surface appear to be easy to do, it was difficult because we were using a morphologic model that is rarely utilized in dermatology textbooks. Second, cutaneous disorders that had a significant mortality rate or that were more likely to present urgently to a primary care provider were emphasized, and many trivial or genetic disorders were excluded. Third, the provided text, with very few exceptions, had to be kept to a single page. Finally, the book had to have numerous quality photographic examples of each entity.
We hope that we have succeeded in our objectives and that this will be a book that is actually used in the clinical setting while the practitioner is actively seeing patients, and not a book that sits on the shelf gathering dust.