Essentials of Dermatology for Chiropractors.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Southerst, Danielle
Pub Date: 01/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Publisher: Canadian Chiropractic Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Canadian Chiropractic Association ISSN: 0008-3194
Issue: Date: Jan, 2011 Source Volume: 55 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Essentials of Dermatology for Chiropractors (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Wiles, Michael R; Williams, Jonathan; Ahmad, Kashif A
Accession Number: 259589922
Full Text: Essentials of Dermatology for Chiropractors

Michael R. Wiles, Jonathan Williams, Kashif A. Ahmad

Jones and Bartlett, 2011

226 pages, paperback, $69.95

Essentials of Dermatology for Chiropractors is a reference for diagnostic screening, early recognition and timely referral of dermatological conditions. The authors are experts in the field of chiropractic and dermatology.

The importance of dermatology to chiropractors is introduced in 10 chapters. Skin health is discussed followed by a summary of biology and pathophysiology and an outline of history and physical examination. One hundred skin disorders chiropractors may encounter are discussed as well as dermatological therapeutics.

I commend the authors on providing a dermatology resource and recommend this book as a reference for differential diagnosis; it is well indexed and includes a table grouping conditions by lesion type for quick reference. This book is successful in emphasizing the description of lesions using dermatological terminology for interprofessional communication. The format was disorganized at times, with bullets placed under the wrong heading and repetition of information. Material would be easier to follow if conditions were organized by lesion type or severity. Illustrations, although adequate, don't always provide sufficient detail or illustrate the full spectrum of the condition. Management strategies are not presented in an evidence-based manner and it is difficult to find references to particular claims, for example the management of herpes zoster using spinal manipulation. A second edition could provide more efficient organization and an evidence-based presentation of management strategies.

Danielle Southerst, BSc(Hon), DC

Clinical Sciences Resident

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
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