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Atopic Dermatitis and Eczematous Disorders

2014 Edition, March 6, 2014

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ISBN: 978-1-84076-195-5
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  • Revision: 2014 Edition, March 6, 2014
  • Published Date: March 6, 2014
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 436
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Atopic dermatitis and eczematous disorders constitute the bread and butter of dermatology. They comprise a significant percentage of visits to dermatologists, primary care physicians, and allergists. It is considered that about 15% of the population have atopic dermatitis at some point in their life. In addition, research interest in the disease is at an all-time high. Approximately a third of the 17 000 atopic dermatitis citations in PubMed have been published during the past 5 years, since our text was conceived. Despite the high interest and quality of the literature on this disorder, the pathophysiology and optimum treatment remain uncertain. By comparison the literature related to deconstructing the mysteries of other eczematous disorders is even less well defined. This has been the impetus for crafting a new resource examining the historical and clinical foundations of these important disorders.

Atopic Dermatitis and Eczematous Disorders was created as a comprehensive text exploring the clinical, historical, histopathological, and etiological aspects of atopic dermatitis and other eczema variants, ie, seborrheic dermatitis, nummular eczema, and stasis dermatitis. It also embraces disorders such as exfoliative erythroderma, HIV-related dermatoses, ichthyosis vulgaris, hand dermatitis, and immunodeficiency disorders that occur together with or enter into the differential diagnosis of atopic dermatitis. Complications of atopic dermatitis such as secondary infection and ophthalmic disease, as well as legal aspects, are presented in detail. Most importantly, an abundance of high-quality colored clinical images is provided which convey the subtleties of dermatological diagnosis in relation to the above conditions.

The book serves as a reference for experienced dermatologists and may be used as a comprehensive text by dermatology residents and primary care practitioners with an interest in dermatology. It will also be extremely useful for allergists who may be confronted with atypical dermatological presentations of eczema or simulators of atopic dermatitis. After reading this book the reader should feel knowledgeable in diagnosing the disorders presented herein and in understanding the medical literature on atopic dermatitis and eczematous disorders. The editors are greatly appreciative of the kind participation of our contributors, among whom are international authorities in their respective disciplines.

We have dedicated the book to our teachers, Raúl Fleischmajer, MD, Irwin Kantor, MD, and Morris H. Samitz, MD, who, although no longer with us, remain in our hearts and memories. They taught us clinical dermatology and inspired us throughout our careers.

Raúl Fleischmajer, a remarkable clinician–scientist, was an expert on collagen, the basement membrane, xanthomatosis, and scleroderma. Born in Argentina, he originally trained in psychiatry but went on to become a clinical and research dermatologist. He served as the Chief of Dermatology at Hahnemann Medical College, and then went on to become Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for 17 years. During his tenure he expanded the department and left a legacy of excellence. He authored over 150 papers and book chapters, and wrote or edited several texts.

Irwin Kantor was the Sage of the Mount Sinai Dermatology Department who trained generations of residents and students for half a century. An amiable role model and teacher with an irrepressible sense of humor, Dr Kantor imparted to us his profound knowledge of dermatological diagnosis and treatment from years of clinical experience and his voracious reading of the literature. One of us (DR) was lucky enough to share an office with D Kantor for over 10 years and will always cherish his friendship and wisdom.

Morris H. Samitz, father-in-law of one of the editors (SRC), was a beloved Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. A native Philadelphian, Dr Samitz learned the value of hard work early in life through helping his father deliver ice by horse and wagon, and through other jobs. He was a dermatologist with a wide range of interests, especially contact dermatitis and occupational dermatology. He published two books and over 100 papers and was the recipient of many awards including the Clark W. Finnerud Award of the Dermatology Foundation. His profound contribution to dermatological education at the University of Pennsylvania is memorialized by the M.H. Samitz Lectureship in Cutaneous Medicine.

We also wish to express our gratitude to Michael Fisher, MD, who founded the Division of Dermatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and who served as its chief for 37 years, for his superb clinical teaching, inspiration, and support. We thank Craig Rose and Carl Richmond for their editorial suggestions, Charlotte Cunningham- Rundles, MD, for her critical review and suggestions about congenital immune disorders, and Melvin Rosh, MD, for his review of the chapter on allergy. We are grateful to Warren Heymann, MD, and Alexander Kreuter, MD, for reading the entire text and providing their critical comments and suggestions.

Finally, our profound thanks to Jill Northcott of CRC Press for suggesting this project and for her unwavering support and infinite patience.