Reddit reviews: The best dermatology books

We found 16 Reddit comments discussing the best dermatology books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 11 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Dermatology:

u/sunscreenpuppy · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would need more clear photos like your first one to tell for sure, but it looks like you might have a combination of all three types of scarring (rolling, boxcar, icepick).

These kinds of atrophic scars won't go away on their own, but their appearance can be improved and in some cases completely reversed depending on the individual scar. There are a few ways to do this, and it depends on the scar type, your ethnicity, and the doctor's preference of treatment. Some dermatologists are more experienced and are up to date on new studies and various ways to treat scarring than others, so finding a good derm is very important.

"How do I know they're a good doctor?" You need to read and learn and at least be familiar with scarring types and the various treatments and studies available. If you go to some stuffy old doctor that hasn't updated their practices in 30 years and they "don't know what dermaneedling is" move on. You might have to have consultations with many doctors to find a good fit. These techniques are relatively new. I've linked some useful resources below.

Treatments include variations and combinations of Laser Resurfacing, subscision, suction, dermaneedling, chemical peels, punch excision, TCA/CROSS technique, long-term tretinoin use, and fillers. These are the main types of techniques used to treat atrophic scarring and which depends on the scar type and severity.

For example, a common route for rolling and boxcar scars is subscision followed by 2 weeks of suction 3x a day, then alternating sessions of 1.5-2mm dermarolling and 15% TCA peels.

For anyone who doesn't know what subscision is, it's a minor surgical procedure for rolling scars. The principle of this procedure is to break the fibrotic strands, which tether the scar to the underlying subcutaneous tissue, which is what gives rolling scars that a soft depressed appearance. The scars are now raised up to be more level with the surrounding skin.

Suction means using a tool (like a Chinese cupping therapy pump) to suction the areas of skin that were cut during subscision, to keep the skin elevated as it heals.

Read: Combination Therapy in the Management of Atrophic Acne Scars

Take caution. Doing these treatments (deep dermarolling, professional strength TCA peels) on your own can be dangerous and lead to further scarring, you should have them performed or supervised by a professional, or thoroughly do your research and know the risks and proper techniques.

Since you appear to be (correct me if I'm wrong) white/caucasian, you are a most likely good candidate for laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing can be risky for people with Fitzpatrick Skin Types III-VI (most white people fit into Fitzp. type I-II) because of the risk of excessive hyperpigmentation from the treatment.

For anyone who wants to learn more about the different procedures used to treat atrophic acne scarring, you can read a summary here of Niti Khunger's book (which I recommend) Step by Step Treatment of Acne Scars.

Things you should start doing in the mean time:

  • get your acne under control as much as possible. Many of these scar treatments cannot be performed if there is active acne present around or on the area.

  • Wearing sunscreen every single day. To reduce the PIH.

  • Try to educate yourself about the different treatments for acne scarring. Read all of the links posted in this comment: link.

    Things IMO you should avoid:

  • Spas advertising microdermabrasion - this is expensive, takes many sessions, is not effective for scarring of this type.

  • Most Spas/Esthetician offices advertising laser treatments. These are usually not the type of laser you want. You need to find to a Dermatologist that specializes in acne scarring.
u/vanarnam · 3 pointsr/pathology

AP: (um, we have anatomic and clinical pathology divided in the USA)

Can't recommend Molavi enough. I think the best thing to read after Molavi is to read it a second time.

The real question is, one you've read that, what to read next. I agree with u/frogamazog, a big book like Rosai would be helpful. I always liked Fletcher's histopathology of tumors but I can't tell you it's superior to the alternatives.

But what I was after, and didn't always find, was a book that WASN'T comprehensive, that was readable by someone in their first 2 years. I found the biopsy interpretation series to be helpful as a first and second year as they were pretty readable, and...I was quite bad at pathology. Show me a low power image when I was a first year, I didn't know what I was supposed to see. The 20x and 40x photos sorta forced me to look in the right places.

My short list, which should be debated; I mean, maybe I just suck:

-lung: biopsy interpretation of the lung. for non neoplastic, new katzenstein

-liver: biopsy interpretation, mike torbenson's version is great

-derm, elston and ferringer. for non neoplastic, this one

-gi I'll go biopsy interpretation again before the tome that is odze

-thyroid: I actually don't know what's best here and would appreciate advice as any diagnostic skills I had here are rapidly being lost

-head n neck: biopsy interpretation aerodigestive was fun.

-heme: whew. I don't know a good starter book. Thoughts? Once WHO 2016 2017 update drops I'd be tempted to tell people to just start there. Jaffe's book is pretty readable but it gets dense.

-neuro: prayson's is pretty readable. There's an old smears book that's good for smears.

eyes: if you're gonna write an intro book on a niche field, here's the template

-BST: khurana's essentials in bone and soft tissue pathology. not too heavy.

u/JerkstoreMD · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

Start out with this book if you're a med student:
It's an amazing resource to try to learn the basic language of dermatology. You need to start by mastering how to describe lesions. This is the text I have all medical students who rotate through our department read. It gets you the confidence to start describing lesions properly, and then systematically breaks down skin disorders by category (papules, pustules, patches, etc) so that you can learn to develop a strong ddx just based on what category the lesion is.

All specialties have their basic language and build from there. You just need to discover this basic language. Crawl before you can walk.

u/kindofstephen · 16 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The info I'm providing is from a dermatology textbook I studied. Cosmetic Dermatology Principles and Practices (http://www.amazon.ca/Cosmetic-Dermatology-Principles-Practice-Edition/dp/0071490620).

I've screenshotted a graph that outlines some of the differences and pastebin'd the relevant resources section and text here: http://pastebin.com/E40BgJBq and http://pastebin.com/A6T2u7gU (it's too large to screenshot properly)


We may not know all of the differences, but it's not pseudoscience. This study also provides a good starting point: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1034/j.1600-0781.2003.00027.x/full

The plural of anecdote is not data.

u/OneShortSleepPast · 1 pointr/pathology

Ugh... Inflammatory dermatopathology. Time to open up Billings' textbook. If it's not in there, I send it out.

Can I order a history stain/chart biopsy?

u/MyStrangeUncles · 5 pointsr/Justfuckmyshitup

I'm on a mobile, but I recommend (oopsie, wrong author) Muller and Kirks' Small Animal Dermatology as a start.